Memory Lane: Cyclist’s Gardens past

Harry Motteram is circled
Harry Motteram is circled
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LAST month, we reported that reader Harry Motterham was keen to discover if there were any of 137th Blackpool Regiment besides himself still alive.

He was particularly interested in a man called Dennis Crossley.

Harry’s daughter Diane Seville says: “Sadly, it seems dad is the last of the lads from his battery and his old pal Dennis died about four years ago, although his widow rang me after the Memory Lane article and we chatted for some time.

“I was also contacted by relatives of other late members of the regiment, which was very touching.”

But publishing the photograph also brought a smile to the faces of another local family, as Kathleen Johnson explains. “My son Nicholas was sure that the man with a bicycle at the top right of the picture was his late grandad and sure enough it was my father Thomas Stanton.”

Kathleen, of Skelwith Road, Marton, says: “My dad was always interested in what was going on and he was obviously caught by the photographer as a bystander when the moment was captured.”

Thomas, born in Burnley, and in that town’s regiment, was discharged from the army because of stomach ulcers.

Kathleen adds: “He moved to Blackpool and became head waiter at the Winter Gardens, not only for the restaurant, where he served, and became quite familiar with many of the showbusiness stars who dined there, but also for the banquets and other functions held in the building.”