The £4m “rebuild” of Blackpool’s Mereside Primary School has had its official opening.
The Langdale Road school was created in the 1950s from the buildings of two church schools, St Paul’s and St Wilfrid’s.
But after almost 60 years of use the buildings were deemed no longer fit for purpose and with cash from the Government’s Primary Capital Programme, the masive project was undertaken.
Reader Gordon Cardwell spent one year at what was then the new St Wilfrid’s School. The remainder of his primary education had been at Little Marton School, on Bowness Avenue.
He shares Little Marton photographs from 1954 - where he can be seen fourth right on the next to the back row - and from 1955, where he is sitting crosslegged between the two girls at the front.
Gordon says: “My parents ran a market garden which was on Old House Lane, about one and a half miles from Little Marton School. My brother John and I used to walk half a mile or so to the bus stop. We were usually the only ones on the bus. I remember going on a school trip to the Lake District. We stayed at Glenridding in a Youth Hostel and climbed Helvellyn and Langdale Pikes while we were there. We also swam in the river by the hostel. We had a great time.
“The headmaster was Mr Haworth and he transferred with us to St Wilfrids. When Mereside estate was being built in the 1950s, the school was not large enough so St Wilfrid’s was built and opened in 1956.”
Names he recalls include Jean Boyce, Chrstine Jackson, Sandra Sharples, Margaret Simpson, Mary Eaves, Vincent Cardwell, Alan Hawsley, Laurence Oliver, Neil Sagar, Denis Walsh, Alan Drury, Andrew Horner, George Walsh, Alan Skinner, Kenneth Cragg, Sheila Hull, Susan Clark, Sandra Ilet, Carolyn Barker, Enis Sagar, Pat Roberts, Pat Price, Carol Lever, Rita Thompson, Maureen Codlyn, Pat Wann, June Layfield, and Janine Nutter.
Gordon says: “Little Marton School stayed open as a library/clinic, and was later demolished to make way for a new building.”