HATS off to Hollinwood Homes for creatively rekindling the memories of Blackpool’s FA Cup triumph (Gazette March 2).
As a starry-eyed teenager on May 2, 1953, I arrived eagerly at Central Station to experience the frenzy of excitement and the explosion of tangerine.
En route to London, I clung to my own FA Cup, which symbolized the hopes and dreams from my many Saturdays spent on Spion Kop.
Wembley Stadium presented a sea of tangerine, and of course the white of Bolton.
However, the elation of the final quickly changed to a sombre mood for us as Bolton took a 3-1 lead.
Nonetheless, Stan Mortenson revived our hopes when he completed the first-ever hat-trick in a final in the 68th and 89th minutes (more landmarks which Hollinwood has enshrined).
Apparently, Stan had whispered to Ernie Taylor that he was going to have a go directly on goal on the free kick which led to the third goal.
You can imagine the pandemonium when Bill Perry converted Stanley Matthews’ centre in injury time for a 4-3 victory.
I still possess my Wembley ticket, which cost the princely sum of three shillings and sixpence.
Thank you Hollinwood for creating this legacy.
IN response to ‘No room in class for bad old days’ (Gazette March 2), my wife and I went to primary schools in old Gorbals, Glasgow in the early 1940s.
The streets were always teeming with children out playing.
There was overcrowding but it was an exciting community to a child, people were always out in the streets.
Only one boy in these early years went to university.
There were no cruel teachers but some were strict.
In later years I remember the strap, flying dusters and chalk hitting the walls.
We read about dunces caps and canes in the comics.
If you told your parents ‘I got the strap’ they said ‘you probably deserved it’ with no sympathy.
What I hated most about school was country dancing.
In times past we were more disciplined in the home and school.
Today teachers must have a harder job teaching children.
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WHAT a good article by David Sharman on the need for a train service to Fleetwood from Poulton (Gazette February 23).
I will be writing to Poulton and Wyre Railway Society, and also to Paul Nettleton of Blackpool and Fylde Rail Users Association and offering my support, as an ex-railway man.
But we cannot get a direct train from Blackpool to London, so I do not have much hope of seeing a line open up to Fleetwood.
MR A. ARMSTRONG,
Cherry Tree Road,