Long distance Memory Lane reader Tony Whalley, a sand grown’un who now lives in San Diego, California, wonders how many of these party guests from the 1950s recognise themselves?
He says: “The fellow in the middle, with the dog, is Colin Condron, now a doctor in
“The party was at his parents’ boarding house during the off season. Most of the girls are Layton Hill Old Girls, probably much older now, just like me!”
Tony says: “I started off at St Kentigern’s when I was four, back in 1939 and then on to St Joseph’s College, Holy Joe’s Jailhouse as we called it back in 1942, finally getting out for good behaviour in 1952.
“In all truth I have great memories of my time at the College, there were not too many juvenile delinquents running around while the Brothers were running things.
“I often think that a little bit of instant discipline might go a long way to improving the attitudes of some of the youngsters today.
“One of my childhood friends, Bill Gladwin, ended up as a Gazette photographer, but sadly he died young, several years ago.”
Tony says: “Although Blackpool was a great place to grow up in the 1940s and 50s it was difficult to find meaningful work after finishing school and many people had to leave for greener pastures.
“Some, like my younger sister moved back again after retirement, but she actually does not live in Blackpool, she resides in St Annes.
“One of my classmates was Owen Oyston and we used to go to Bloomfield Road every other week.
“He did not care for the College and left after a couple of years. Little did I ever think that one day he would own the Football Club.”
Tony says: “In our teens we used to congregate at the St Kentigern’s Catholic Youth Club on Newton Drive, every Sunday night. We would run excursions to other clubs in the North West and they would also come to Blackpool for our dances.
“I often wonder if the club is still going, it was a great place for young people to meet and get to know one another.
“These days it seems that the kids only have the bars and nightclubs. It is much the same in the States, so it is not just Blackpool.”
Tony can be contacted by old friends at firstname.lastname@example.org and says they will all get a reply.