Trevor scales 1959 playground windmill

Trevor Andrews, circled, on the playgound windmill on Blackpool's Mereside estate in 1959. Below are Trevor and his mother Matilda
Trevor Andrews, circled, on the playgound windmill on Blackpool's Mereside estate in 1959. Below are Trevor and his mother Matilda
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We’re back in the days when there was not one but two windmills to catch the eye at Mereside.

And the smaller of the two - a playground replica of the Preston New Road landmark - certainly caught the eye of reader Trevor Andrews, a retired hard floor specialist.

Matilda Andrews, of Langdale Road, Mereside - probably the estate's longest serving resident

Matilda Andrews, of Langdale Road, Mereside - probably the estate's longest serving resident

Trevor, now 66, spotted himself (circled) as the young lad climbing up the outside of the model left foot resting on the upper window as he holds on to the cap where four of his mates are already perched.

He says he was reading through last Friday’s Gazette and came to the cover of the Lost Archives supplement. The last thing he expected was to see himself as a youngster having the time of his life.

The new playground, off Bowness Avenue, was summed up in The Gazette of May 22, 1959 as “a place where children can play without being in danger from traffic.”

Trevor, of Guildford Avenue, Bispham, says: “I would agree with that. All the children spent hours there.

Trevor Andrews, of Guildford Avenue, Bispham

Trevor Andrews, of Guildford Avenue, Bispham

“My family originally lived in a pre-fab on St Annes Road, South Shore and I went to Waterloo Primary School for about six months.

“Then in 1951 we moved into our council house on Langdale Road from new and I started at Baines Endowed Primary, later going on to Palatine Secondary Technical School, which was then on Bennett Avenue.

“My dad Horatio died at the age of 48, but my mum Matilda, who is now 88, still lives in that same house. She has to be one of the longest, if not the longest, continuous residents on that estate.”

Trevor met his wife Jackie (nee Florey) when they were both growing up on Mereside and they now have three children and nine grandchildren.

He says: “If I thought long enough I could probably name all the children in the playground picture but I know it is Jimmy White sitting in the dark jacket on top of the windmill with Alan Housley, and the lad in the striped jumper down below is Raymond Mahoney.”

Don’t miss The Lost Archives every Friday, taken from The Gazette’s extensive glass negative collection. Perhaps, like Trevor, you might spot yourself!

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