A RECENT Gazette feature about the Savoy Garage being given Grade II listed status by English Heritage had Blackpool Pleasure Beach director David Cam searching through his family albums to share a splendid motoring photograph from times past.
The property, still very much a working garage, was built around 100 years ago to house the cars of the wealthy guests of the neighbouring Savoy Hydro Hotel of old who used to park there.
One of the first covered car parks in the country, it was also used on a permanent basis by a number of Blackpool residents - among them David’s grandfather Ted Cam.
David says: “My father Ken was born at Carlton House, King George Avenue, next door but two to that garage.
“My grandfather Ted kept his 1913 Wolseley 16/20 in the garage until he exchanged it in 1927 for a brand new Hillman 14 Safety Saloon, registration FV 316.”
David adds: “I do not have a photo of the Hillman which I know was bought from Imperial Garage, on Dickson Road, for £408 on the road, but I do of the Wolseley, which might be of interest to Memory Lane readers.
“This photograph, probably taken in 1919, features my grandfather Ted Cam in the driving seat with my grandmother Edith and young Auntie Kathleen, who became Kathleen Lord, in the back.”