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    Southport Holiday Guide 1980

    Then & Now : the same scenes 100 years apart

    Images of Formby Past

    Annals of Southport & District (published 1903)

    Old Postcards

    Guide To Southport In North Meols (1809 & 1825)

    Home Tour of Manufacturing Districts of England(1836)

  1. Drinking Clubs of Yesteryear.
    Started by CazCarey 15/11/2003

    Southport has always had more than a fair share of drinking clubs; the Watch Committee who granted licences in days of yore were very generous. There are a few that spring to mind: Dino's, The Elbow Room are just a couple of places that used to defy legal drinking hours. There were always...

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  2. Anyone recognise me - Birkdale 1960's
    Started by suzypat 14/05/2011

    Unsworths Bakery Birkdale My family owned and ran Unsworths Bakery and Tea Shop from the mid 50's until it was sadly compulsory purchased and an ugly Spar builit to replaced such an elegant building. What happy times my brother and I had being brought up in such a friendly village. My...

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  3. Albert Fyles of Birkdale
    Started by onthespot 25/09/2002

    Pictured below is Albert Fyles brother of the famous Alfie Fyles the golfing caddy of Tom Watson. Alfie Fyles Caddied for Tom Watson during all of his British Open wins at Royal Birkdayle Golf Club. Do you have any memories of the Fyles family? Pictured is Albert today(25/9/02)

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  4. Unsolved Murders in Southport
    Started by Geepee 01/11/2005

    Yes, I know this is ghoulish, but OTS gave me the idea with his postings on the News Forum about unsolved murders that the police are seeking to re-investigate. As far as I know, there are at least 2 "recent" unsolved murders in Southport - one was the "Belle Wilson" case in the 60s and the other,...

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  5. Wilmans Bakery
    Started by toffee man 04/09/2007

    Does anybody out there remember Wilmans in Manchester Rd. They had shops in Hesketh Drive and Eastbank St as well. Their pies were superb. The meat and pot massive. Overall the stuff was truly top notch. I have tried various bakeries since but have yet to have bread which tasted like theirs. I...

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  6. Christ the King School late 70s/early 80s
    Started by izzywizzy 12/06/2010

    New to the forum so hello everyone :) Just wondering if anyone has any memories of CTK teachers in the late 70s and early 80s?? I can think of several highly unpleasant characters... Do the names O'Donnell, Wycherley, Fay and Eckersley ring any bells?? These brutes would surely be prosecuted...

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  7. Doormen
    Started by -TR- 01/12/2002

    where are all the old doormen of days gone bye,like who remebers jimmy kelly from the brick etc wheres he know i do know he went to run a pub in burscough but that was about 20 yrs ago thats the last time i saw him.also george dakar i think he died??and sam is he still working the doors,and les...

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  8. dandy and dixie
    Started by kimp 09/11/2002


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  9. Hells Angels in Southport
    Started by Charlotte-Film 11/12/2006

    Does anyone know any Hells Angels from when Pleasureland was open? I was told by an ex worker that they used to work there. I am making a documentary about nostalgia and places which are closing around the UK. If anyone was a Hells Angel or knows anyone please get back to me Charlotte

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    30/09/2022 05:25 PM
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  10. Hotel Belle Vue
    Started by avro 08/06/2003

    found this in the attic the other day, does anybody remember this hotel brfore it was demolished?

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    03/07/2022 10:02 AM
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  11. Barry Twist. Ex Birkdale Sec Mod' Geography teacher-70's.
    Started by the blob 26/12/2007

    Anyone remember this gentleman? I attended Birkdale until the mid 70's, he was my geography whip. Great teacher. Is he still alive? Would like to make contact.

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  12. Scarisbrick Hall
    Started by happy_bunny 14/07/2003

    :p im an ex pupil of Scarisbrick ahll and due to the derelict condidtion of many areas of the school, themost intersting of places were naturally made out of bounds. However i am very very facinated in the history of the bulding so if anybody has any information, pictures anything i would be...

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    14/05/2022 12:49 PM
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  13. Head Hurts!!
    Started by Razzle 03/08/2008

    Been sat reading the 'Southport Past and Present' threads all the way back to Jan 2007, and it's taken me a few hours!! Never looked at this history forum before!! Been missing out big time!! It's brought back a few childhood memories for me, even though im only early 30's, I remember my mum...

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    09/03/2022 10:56 PM
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  14. Disney stained glass windows.
    Started by ogo 18/01/2009

    Went for a walk down Lord st. this morning to take some pictures of the windows above the front of the Grand casino/bingo. They could do with a clean but are well worth a look. I have also worked in the roof and when I was had a good look at the workings of the organ. As an aprentice electrician...

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  15. Formby Power Station????
    Started by AB Wild Images 05/06/2006

    Does anyone remember the old Formby Power Station?? if so which road was it on?

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    08/12/2021 04:06 PM
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  16. Hotel or guesthouse for visitors from the Jewish faith
    Started by wayfarer 26/04/2008

    Hello I was in Southport yesterday with a friend who used to be in the Jewish faith. My friend used to visit Southport on holidays in the late 1950s, and used to stop in a hotel or guesthouse, somewhere near the Marine Lake (north of the Pier entrance), that catered for Orthodox Jewish visitors....

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    29/04/2021 10:10 PM
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  17. Southport 1967
    Started by flyp 03/07/2001

    To try & kick this Past Spot off how about having a thread for particular years and then everyone posting their own memories of that year? I have chosen 1967 because it was the first really exciting year of my teens. I started "going out" with girls, & on Saturday 3rd June I went to see my...

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  18. The Regal / ABC cinema
    Started by onthespot 19/09/2002

    Pictured below is the Regal on Lord Street Southport which later became the ABC cinema (as I remember it) Also pictured is the stage viewed from the upstairs balcony. Any fond memories ? balcony view of stage

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    18/10/2020 06:08 AM
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  19. Bombers over Southport
    Started by lasatalayas 01/10/2020

    My earliest memory must have been 1944ish when I was two years old. I was standing outside our home in Chester Rd watching what appeared to hundreds (but probably scores) of bombers flying overhead. Now knowing that the blitz on Liverpool was a few years earlier I have often wondered whose aero...

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  20. Royal Visits to Southport in 1955
    Started by Hattrickpatrick 24/02/2013

    I've recently obtained this copy of a colour film made of the Queen's visit to Southport in April 1955, and Princess Margaret's visit in the same year, which includes some interesting shots of Lord street, Chapel Street, and Haig Avenue. ...

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  21. Pleasureland
    Started by abenis 20/08/2002

    Lets have your memories from this amusement park.

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    20/09/2020 06:19 AM
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  22. John Lewery RIP
    Started by McFunkletrumpet 23/11/2009

    Just noted on another thread that John Lewery died last week aged 89. John flew his red and black Fox Moth (G-AOJH) off the beach at Southport in the 1970's . In doing so he carried on a long tradition founded by Norman Giroux who flew his 2 Fox Moths for many years before. When John was not...

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  23. Boys Brigades
    Started by toffee man 21/12/2010

    According to the BB website there are only 5 Companies in Southport: 1st St Philips 4th St Simons 7th Liverpool Rd Meths 9th Ainsdale Meths 10th Marshside Rd Meths. What happened to the others and were did they meet? I can remember the 2nd who met at All Souls in Norwood Rd and the 3rd...

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  24. Private Schools
    Started by G Mookie 04/12/2008

    Whatever happened to Tower Dean & University Both on caimbridge RD Croxton Park cresent ?

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    22/12/2019 10:39 PM
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  25. Claridges Garage
    Started by Theport 17/09/2012

    Does anyone have any memories of the old Claridges garage from Wennington Road?

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    24/11/2019 12:22 PM
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  26. What remains of the Childrens Ward
    Started by pedoja 26/04/2009

    The Princess Elizabeth Ward at the Southport Infirmary site is still standing, although most of the slates have been removed from the roof. I wonfer what they intend to do with it.

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    12/11/2019 03:17 PM
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  27. churchill avenue newsagent called dykings from 70s
    Started by quinnandgregson 22/08/2011

    i remember at christmas time how every year they used to do christmas window display, i remember staring at it for ages thinking how lovely it was, they would put black insulating tape on the windows to make it look like georgian windows, they would use pink strip lighting to soften the lighting...

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    07/11/2019 08:35 AM
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  28. Norwood Road School - 1960's
    Started by trix 09/05/2008

    Here's a few 1960's class photos from Norwood Road School - the last one is a bonny baby contest circa 1962 from All Souls Church fair! Anyone recognise anybody? Sorry - I can't upload them as 'file is too big'. I'll have to play around with them!

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  29. Cyclone death
    Started by ZEUS 19/01/2007

    This is a bit gory I know but I just wanted to know if anyone remembers the death of a young lad on the cyclone in the late 70's/early 80s? I can remember being in the sea bathing lake on that day and hearing the old sirens of police cars and ambulances nearby. It wasn't until I got home and...

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    08/10/2019 12:02 AM
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