Sherrill, Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds, issued an order that suits not be over six inches above the knee.

The development of new fabrics allowed for new varieties of more comfortable and practical swimwear.

By the 1930s the necklines of women’s swimwear plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away and tightened.

The Catalan nationalists have strong support from Flemish political parties in Belgium.

The fleeing of Mr Puigdemont and his colleagues to Brussels had been preceded by the country’s immigration minister, Theo Francken, saying they would be able to seek asylum.

Dressed in what would look to us like very conservative swimwear today, the women were being arrested for defying a ban on wearing their ‘brief swimsuits’ in public.

In the early 1900s, modesty laws were very strict and required most women to wear long one piece garments as well as stockings.

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This is now going to be a long road starting with victory in the election and then starting the independence process.

Meanwhile the brutal behaviour of the Rajoy government will be noticed in Spain as well as internationally.” The Catalan civic groups Assemblea Nacional Catalana and Omnium Cultural – two of whose leaders were imprisoned last month on sedition charges – have called for a general strike next Wednesday and mass protests next weekend.

An online petition calling for unity for the independence movement had, it was claimed, gathered 50,000 signatures within a few hours.