Regular readers of Memory Lane will have noticed the name of contributor Carol Ford, who, over the last few years, has shared her extensive postcard collection of Blackpool buildings in our Then and Now feature.
Alongside each one we have carried an up-to-date view, again sent in by Carol, of South Shore, with a pertinent comment or two about how she felt the resort’s streets had rarely changed for the better.
Logging on to my computer, Carol’s latest offerings were waiting in my inbox from the previous evening, with the message that I should use them as and when there was spare space and wishing me a Merry Christmas if we did not get chance to speak before then.
I was about to email her with thanks and a return of good wishes when her daughter Susan rang with the sad news that Carol had died suddenly in the early hours of that same morning.
She asked if I would consider still using her mum’s latest contributions and all three are here today as a tribute to Carol, whose funeral will be at Lytham Crematorium tomorrow (Tuesday December 3), at 1.30pm. There is a request for family flowers only but donations to Lancashire Air Ambulance would be welcomed.
Susan said: “My mum had so many friends here on the Fylde coast who shared her immense love of history.
“She was always looking out for old postcards of Blackpool and then would search for the same streets today.
“She was also a keen writer of poetry and children’s stories and had a book published called From Ration Book to Pension Book.”
Carol, who would have been 72 in January, was orginally from Bewdley, Shropshire, and moved to Blackpool with husband Peter in 2000. She leaves five children, Susan, Debbie, Peter Jnr, David and Jasmine, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
And so to Carol Ford’s final offering for Then and Now, starting with the stretch of Hornby Road between Coronation Street and Park Road, which today is a mix of hotels, guesthouses, holiday flats and cafes.
Carol said in her email: “One of these hotels, the Leawood, was once Tom Moore’s shop selling, according to the sign above the window, sweets and tobacco, toys and stationery, to visitors and landladies alike.”