Nostalgia

Nostalgia

Fylde’s summer days are here again

Just look at these archive shots for a trip back in time to summers from yesteryear in Fylde.

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Blackpool Town Crier Barry McQueen signals the start of the journey to Euston, London

The return of the Blackpool Belle and the story behind the song

Years ago, it used to bring Lancashire workers to the resort to dance the night away at the Tower Ballroom and Winter Gardens and was dubbed the “passion wagon”.

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King Scar in the Wyre estuary

Closing in on Lancashire’s Roman legend

In the second of a two-part series, local historian Gordon Heald examines the clues as he attempts to unravel the mystery of just where on the Lancashire coast the semi-mythical Roman port known as Portus Setantiorum was located.

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A Cessna mid-air. Barry flew aboard one in British Columbia.

Barry Band: Happy holidays, but some fearful flights!

After two television episodes of Flights From Hell, 99.9 per cent of us will be thanking our lucky stars.

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Tears and smiles for much-loved Fylde clown

It was a quarter of a century ago tomorrow, 1,000 people packed into Fairhaven’s White Church and its grounds to say their goodbyes to TV comic legend Les Dawson.

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Take a trip through the A to Z of Blackpool’s history

‘If there was a national A to Z book, B would certainly be Blackpool.’

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Wardleys on the river Wyre

Hunt for legendary Lancashire port

In the second of a two-part series, local historian Gordon Heald examines the clues as he attempts to unravel the mystery of just where on the Lancashire coast the semi-mythical Roman port known as Portus Setantiorum was located
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Kings Scar off the coast of Fleetwood pictured in 1995

Mystery of Lancashire's long lost port

It is one of Lancashire's great mysteries and has puzzled historians and locals alike for centuries. The possible location of the semi-mythical Roman port known as Portus Setantiorum is a saga of ancient maps, forgery, larger than life characters and fruitless expeditions.
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Rod and Emu inspect the poster for Emu In Pantoland at Blackpool's Grand Theatre in 1981

Barry Band: A bird in the hand – my close escape from emu

From time to time in TV compilations we see the dreaded Emu attacking the doyen of interviewers, Michael Parkinson.

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Blackpool Promenade, in October 1963

The Promenade’s past in pictures

With brighter weather having been a feature of the last few weeks, we take a look back into the archives to see pictures from the past of Blackpool Promenade bathed in sunshine over the years.

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You can bank on some old memories

Just like so many things in today’s world, there are fewer of them around than there used to be.

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Dive in to the history of the Fylde coast’s lost swimming pools

They were once so popular, hundreds queued outside to get in and enjoy splashing around.

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Bob Dobson

Barry Band: How a young Blackpool policeman wrote his place in history

The young police constable posted to the Fylde Coast in the 1960s was soon conducting investigations on his own account.

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Dorothy Hyson and Grace Fields in Blackpool for the filming of Sing As We Go

Barry Band: Springing into the old Whit Sunday concerts

The season has kicked off with the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

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The Ormerod Convalescent Home, Todmorden Road, St Annes

Home sweet home in St Annes for many youngsters in the last century

It’s a building long-since gone.

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Barry Robinson, from Blackpool, who sparked a nationwide manhunt in 1974 after kidnapping two policemen at gunpoint. He was also a talented artist

Green-eyed gunman was a talented Blackpool artist

He once painted a picture for notorious criminal Charles Bronson.

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Girls from Elmslie School visited the 'met' office at Squires Gate and took part in testing wind conditions, with the aid of a weather balloon, in 1961

School’s out: But photos can take us back to Blackpool classrooms

This school would have just celebrated its centenary.

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150 years of Central Pier: We celebrate the ‘People’s Pier’

It has been one of the jewels in Blackpool’s entertainment crown for well over a century.

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PICTURES: Restoring Blackpool's Empress Ballroom to all its glory

Ornamental experts are continuing the painstaking work to fix the damage to one of the jewels in Blackpool’s vast crown.

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