CARPENTER and joiner Allan Birnie, who earned his apprenticeship with the old Blackpool Tower Company, in the days when the seafront attraction had a sizeable workforce of its own tradesmen, had extra reasons to celebrate on his 76th birthday on Thursday.
Allan, who grew up at 40 London Road, Blackpool, attending Devonshire Road infants and junior school in the very late 1930s and early 1940s, emigrated to Canada in 1959.
He says he has been overwhelmed by the response from friends since several of his cherished Blackpool photographs were featured in Memory Lane in early August.
The publicity, both in the newspaper and on our website version of Memory Lane, prompted a fair few people to get back in touch after many years now they knew where to contact their old mate.
He says: “I have received e-mails from across Canada and the USA and the UK, plus letters and phone calls. They were from folks who I had known as a lad, or folks who had relatives or friends in the pictures. They are asking me tons of questions and my thinking cap is in high gear. Some of the folks commented on how happy the article made them feel and said they would be contacting The Gazette to let them know. I am very grateful to you and as you can see Memory Lane and The Gazette is read around the world!”
n For any other old friends and former workmates who want to get in touch, Allan’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org