Richard was a high-flyer!

Richard Jones recreates a picture from his youth which appeared in last week's Lost Archives of him water skiing on Fairhaven Lake.
Richard Jones recreates a picture from his youth which appeared in last week's Lost Archives of him water skiing on Fairhaven Lake.
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An adrenaline-junkie got a blast from the past when his long-lost water-skiing antics were reprinted more than 50 years on.

The Gazette’s Lost Archives section, published every Friday, last week featured three thrill-seeking youngsters being pulled along by a speedboat on Fairhaven Lake in 1960.

Richard Jones was at the top of the daredevil trio and was stunned to receive a call from a friend to tell him he was a front page poster boy - at the age of 69!

Richard, of Sandringham Drive, St Annes, said: “My hobby started when I was 15, and my friend Gordon Cookson bought a speed boat.

“He taught David Lord and myself to ski. We spent our summer months on the lake accompanied by many other locals including former world water­skiing champion, Andy Mappel.”

Between the 1960s and 1970s Fairhaven Lake was home to many water sport activities including hydroplane racing, skiing and ski jumping and both mono and barefoot skiing.

As it became a more popular spot Fairhaven bought two of its own speed boats, and offered skiing lessons, attracting even more people.

An annual water sports show was held on the Lake every late August. This included many different water sport acts as well as a firework display. The participants would dress up and perform in front crowds with up to 15,000 spectators.

Father-of-two Mr Jones said: “It was all very exciting and great fun, we had such a laugh.”

The Jones family moved to Fairhaven from Chester in 1955 and his father, George Jones, became manager of the Lake. The water sports came to a end when his father died in 1972.

Richard said: “The whole momentum just faded away.”

Now for health and safety reasons the sport is no longer permitted on the Lake.

However some of the old friends stay in touch through their ‘Friends of Fairhaven Lake’ newsletter.

Richard, who previously worked as an illustrator, said: “We like to meet up and talk about our fond memories.”