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Soaking up the sun in Sliema in the Swinging Sixties

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It’s no surprise that Sliema has always been popular.

The seafront resort is a stone’s throw from Valletta and the hotels, shopping and entertainment along its famous promenade is hard to beat. Sliema has always had a cosmopolitan feel, and with a good sprinkle of bars, restaurants and cafes, it was the perfect place to unwind for holidaymakers, Maltese families and Royal Navy sailors in the 1950s and 1960s. This archive footage from around 1968 shows children playing in a swing park off Tower Road, as well as tourists and locals soaking up the sunshine by the sea at Ghar id-Dud and Qui-Si-Sana.

It’s likely this film was shot on a Sunday morning, as everyone is smartly dressed, wearing their Sunday best after going to church. Despite the sunny weather, men are seen in suits. In the final few scenes, we see soldiers working on a plan called the Sliema Beach Project.

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