Memory Lane: Big prize holiday snap

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IT REALLY is a case of “thanks for the memory” for Annie Clarke, of Buttermere Avenue, Fleetwood.

In January, we urged Memory Lane readers to dig out their favourite holiday snaps in a bid to star in a historic first.

The picture of Annie Clarke of Fleetwood, taken more than 50 years ago, which has won her a holiday and a camera for her. Mrs Clarke is on ;the left with holiday friend Barbara. She was prompted to enter the competition after reading about it in Memory Lane

The picture of Annie Clarke of Fleetwood, taken more than 50 years ago, which has won her a holiday and a camera for her. Mrs Clarke is on ;the left with holiday friend Barbara. She was prompted to enter the competition after reading about it in Memory Lane

That prompted Mrs Clarke to start searching through family albums, and her seaside snap taken more than 50 years ago will take pride of place in a national holiday album being compiled by tourism body VisitEngland.

Annie was pictured as a child in Weston-super-Mare, with a friend she made while on a family holiday, in 1958.

And the picture has won her a Fuji Camera and £750 of vouchers from Cottages4you, as well as VisitEngland’s star billing.

She says: “I was on holiday and we met another family who were staying in the same B&B and we spent the week together – it was really nice.

“We built a splendid sandcastle, but I think my dad might have had a lot to do with it. We lived in Blackpool then, and we kept in touch with the family for a time.”

Annie admits she was “quite surprised” to win, after deciding to enter the nationwide competition following the Memory Lane article.

She adds: “Taking pictures was very different then. You took your film home, and had it developed, and then you could see if they were any good. You couldn’t go back and re-create it. Now people just keep taking pictures until they get it right.”

By coincidence, and nothing to do with the competition – although worthy of any prize – another reader, Shane McKenzie, now 56, has sent in this 1959 photograph of himself taken at North Shore boating pool.

Shane says: “I was living in Blackpool, and still do, and my parents used to regularly take me to the boating pool opposite Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and also to the paddling pool, which used to be opposite where the Solaris is now. I had some great times.”