People congregate on beaches when they have leisure and clement weather. Looking at these photographs suggests that when they do so it is in common with others from a similar social group. As examples, the elderly people on the beach in Menton who have the beach to themselves because school is back and the extended families who mix together on the supplemented sand at Morcambe in Lancashire.
Another beach where sand is shipped in, Oriental Bay proves a mecca on a hot summer day and provides an opportunity for younger people to ‘talent spot’.
There is no sand in the Lustgarten in front of the Altes Museum in Berlin. Here the people appear to be families and in common with disparate groups including the cyclists in the Lake District on August Bank Holiday they are taking advantage of what is at hand.
Five teenagers warily test the waters in the late afternoon at Douglas in the Isle of Man while on the other side of the Island at the fishing port of Peel, members of a family group each do their own thing.
On the Wellington Coast at Worser Bay the young yachtsmen and their supporters have a definite purpose as do the young eco-searchers at Island Bay.
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