Brave Fylde coast fire-fighters pictured over the last seven decades

To mark the 70th anniversary of Lancashire Fire Service, we take a look back at the Fylde coast’s firefighting heroes over the decades.

Ken Dodd  on Blackpool Tower in the early 1970s.

Blackpool and Ken Dodd’s love affair: “I feel at home in theatres like this – we are around the same age”

Much-loved and highly popular, Ken Dodd, who died on Sunday, was thought to have made around 2,000 appearances in the resort over a career spanning more than half a century.

Sitting in her bedroom, surrounded by boxes full of pots and pans, towels and bed linen, is Mrs Elizabeth Dewhurst, in November 1974. She had been ready for moving since June.

The scandalous ‘slum’ house conditions of 1970s Blackpool

‘In Dickensian conditions.”

Christine Sargent, Paula Hanvey and Helen Moore.

Guests raise thousands at Blackpool Carers Spring Ball

More than 300 guests attended Blackpool Carers Centre’s Spring Ball at the Village Hotel – and raised £15,300 towards the charity’s £300k Respite lodge appeal.
These youngsters were sampling the new track at Ribby Hall Leisure Village, Wrea Green, where more than 300 BMX fans gathered for a two-day Easter meeting, in 1983

Blazing a trail through Blackpool and Fylde’s BMX past

Memory Lane readers will probably remember when BMX first came on the scene.

1913 St John Ambulance, Blackpool

Snapshots of Blackpool and Fylde lifesavers through the ages

They can be seen at public events from big shows and concerts, to charity fun runs and big sporting fixtures.

Volunteers litter picking for Fylde LoveMyBeach

It’s snow joke, as litter-pickers brave the cold to clean Blackpool’s streets

The mercury might have plummeted to below freezing, but a bit of snow and ice didn’t put these hardy souls off braving the wintry conditions to help clean up their local environment.

Cutting from the Gazette March 1968, about how Staining Road was a nightmare for the postman with strange house numbers

The postman’s Staining nightmare in the 60s

It had taken 30 years, but 50 years ago this month postmen were celebrating after steps were being taken to end their nightmare on one Fylde street.

View from the Halfway House window, in the 1930s

Taking a look back at historic Blackpool watering hole

Readers might not believe where this picture was taken from.

Blackpool Home Guard rescue squad, October 1940

Rehearsals for Blackpool’s final line of defence

‘We shall fight them on the beaches...”

A tram stranded in the snow, on Blackpool Promenade in 1981

It was snow joke in Blackpool in winters gone-by

This week’s cold snap has nothing on the winter of 1947.

Poppy Curtis with Harriet Brady and Lily Ogden from Timeless Tales Ents.

Yes, they did go to the Donna’s Dream House ball

The red carpet was rolled out – along with Stormtroopers and princesses – to greet guests at the annual ball in aid of Donna’s Dream House.

James Moore, author of the book Murder By Numbers

Infamous Blackpool murder features in new book

The fact the bath used by Brides In the Bath murderer George Smith was only 5ft was one of the important factors in his conviction.

Page from the Isle of Man Examiner in 1958 showing pictures of some of those who died in the Winter Hill crash

Sixty years on from one of Lancashire’s most horrific accidents

It came just weeks after the Munich disaster.

The mining camp at the end of a glacier in a 1968 picure of Granduc

Barry Band: This Blackpool reporter’s time in Vancouver and looking back with “what if”

How often do you have cause to stop and wonder “What if”?

Luna Park Amusement Arcade, Central Beach Blackpool was destroyed by fire on  August 26, 1937. Twisted steel girders and burned sideshows in the charred aftermath

Devastating blaze destroyed popular Blackpool amusement arcade

In the 1930s, the old-style Golden Mile was rough, raunchy and as much a part of Blackpool as the Tower, piers or Pleasure Beach.

Central Beach

See famous Blackpool sights captured on old postcards

This week is the second and final part of our look at glorious old postcard style drawings showing Blackpool in Victorian days.

The Hotel Majestic in its early days, when it was known as the Imperial Hydro, St Annes

Grand old St Annes hotel was both majestic and imperial

It was once one of St Annes’ most powerful landmarks. The Majestic Hotel can no longer be seen, but at one time it was the symbol of the resort in its Edwardian heyday.

St Annes
Just yards from the Golden Mile and seafront, this was Pleasant View

Take a trip down the lost back streets of Blackpool’s old centre

Tucked away in the heart of Blackpool, just yards from the Golden Mile and seafront, once upon a time, was this jumble of properties.

The morning after the fire ripped through South Pier, in February 1958

Looking back at the fire which gutted South Pier Pavilion in 1958

Sixty years ago on Monday, a devastating blaze struck an iconic Blackpool landmark.

South Shore
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