Any memories of Wendy’s beach patrolman dad?

Blackpool Beach Patrol in their smart uniforms on the beach - where else? - in 1955. Leslie Hall is sixth left. Below, Leslie looks out to sea with his binoculars for signs of swimmers in trouble

Blackpool Beach Patrol in their smart uniforms on the beach - where else? - in 1955. Leslie Hall is sixth left. Below, Leslie looks out to sea with his binoculars for signs of swimmers in trouble

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Leslie Hall was a hard-working Blackpool beach patrolman and his proud daughter, Wendy Bates, just a youngster when he died, hopes readers can tell her more about him and his vital work which ensured thousands of visitors enjoyed a safe stay at the seaside.

“My dad died in 1966 and so I cannot get much information on the beach patrol as I was only four at the time.

Blackpool beach patrolman Leslie Hall looks through his binoculars for signs of swimmers in trouble.

Blackpool beach patrolman Leslie Hall looks through his binoculars for signs of swimmers in trouble.

“As far as I am aware the photographs were taken around 1955.”

Wendy says: “It would be really interesting to see if anyone has any memories of the beach patrol and my dad. Their role is something Blackpool should be very proud of. All my dad’s family are certainly proud of him.

“I do not think there is enough said about the beach patrol and the fabulous work they do. If you look on the internet to find any information it is few and far between. I think it would be interesting for the current beach patrol and Blackpool residents to see these photographs.”

Wendy adds: “One of my uncles informs me that my dad saved someone from the sea, possibly in the Bispham area, and it was reported in The Gazette. He apparently injured his ribs while doing so.”

Anyone with more information about the beach patrol or who knew Leslie can get in touch with his daughter Wendy at howardandwendy@hotmail.com.

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