Did Olympian Lucy teach you to swim?

Blackpool's Olympic gold medallist Lucy Morton is seated far right, behind the shield
Blackpool's Olympic gold medallist Lucy Morton is seated far right, behind the shield
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WERE you taught to swim or coached to competitive standard by Blackpool’s Olympian gold medal winner Lucy Morton?

If so, Elaine Smith, Blackpool Civic Trust chairman, would love you to be part of commemorations of Lucy’s achievement in 1924.

At noon on Friday, April 27, at Blackpool Town Hall, a blue plaque will be unveiled in the late Lucy’s honour.

Reader Frank Lofthouse, of Carleton, today shares this photograph of Blackpool Amateur Swimming Club taken in the early 1950s.

He teases: “I am on it, but I’m not saying where!”

However, he is more than happy to point out Lucy Morton (Mrs Heaton), who helped to teach members, seated on the right behind the shield.

On the opposite end of the row is her colleague Mrs Coop.

Frank says: “Many of the others will still be around and recognise themselves, though sadly not the illustrious Bates brothers Syd and Harry, who swam for England.

“The photograph was taken upstairs in the Derby Hotel, opposite Cocker Street Baths, where we used to go for refreshment after swimming,” he adds.

Lucy’s son Peter Heaton says his mother is also remembered for having taught swimming for Blackpool Council from 1930 to 1972.

“She did a tremendous amount of work for Blackpool schoolchildren,” he says proudly.

Both Peter and Elaine would like anyone taught by Lucy to attend the ceremonials.

For more information, ring Elaine on (01253) 318948.