PRICELESS pictures that could well have been lost forever are to be given a new lease of life in your new-look Gazette.
Hidden away in a storeroom for years, thousands of glass plate negatives – many containing pictures not seen in print for almost a century – have been saved.
We are now in the process of scanning these images and will present them in a new weekly eight-page supplement, each Friday, called “The Lost Archives”.
Gazette Editor Jon Rhodes explained: “The Gazette’s archive is a truly magical place which charts the Fylde coast’s history over the last 140 years.
“The glass plate negatives are simply stunning. They are a wonderful snapshot of a bygone age which we feel sure readers today will love.
“We have found countless unique pictures of stars – including The Beatles in Blackpool – breathtaking shots of the Fylde coast, together with such historic events as the Second World War and the 1953 FA Cup Final.
“But most importantly they include Fylde residents at work and play.
“We have a picture of VE Day in Blackpool which we will include in the first Lost Archives and it just has to be seen.”
Included within the supplement will be the re-running of our former Editor Sir Harold Riley Grime’s wonderfully written columns from the 1940s.