They remember the night-time fire which destroyed one of the most famous names on Blackpool's high street.
In scenes like the wartime blitz, the following morning found RHO Hills in Bank Hey Street a smoking wreck and according to the Gazette report, it was "dawn and still thousands of gallons of water are poured into the smoking debris". The 1967 fire broke out at 12.20am on May 8th. Within 15 minutes, flames were leaping through the sides of the building, making a glare in the night sky which could be seen many miles away. A matter of a couple of hours later, the five-storey building was reduced to a smoking ruin. The store was swiftly rebuilt and reopened in 1968. RHO Hills later became Binns, when it was taken over by House of Fraser in 1978. It closed in 1987.