Reader John Keeley admits he did a double-take when he came face to face with himself walking on Blackpool’s North Pier.
He was not alone – after all, the camera had captured the moment back in the summer of 1963 as he took a romantic honeymoon stroll with his new wife Vera along the oldest of the resort’s three boardwalks.
Fifty years on, the photograph of crowds enjoying themselves was featured in the first instalment of our Lost Archives supplement, in which we are opening up The Gazette’s historic archive to bring you our treasured pictures.
John, now 72, and Vera, 71, live in Collingwood Avenue, Layton.
John admits: “I was amazed at the quality of the pictures of old Blackpool that you printed last Friday and then I was even more amazed to see myself and my wife walking down North Pier in 1963.”
He adds: “Unfortunately my wife is mostly hidden by a gentleman walking in front of her, so only her bouffant hairstyle of the time is shown.
“We lived in Manchester then and were on our honeymoon in Blackpool, staying at a hotel n Albert Road.
“We must have been out for a stroll when this picture was taken, and it has made us look back at our own photographs to see that we were wearing the same clothes as in the Lost Archives picture.”
John says: “This year sees our 50th wedding anniversary and we are putting together some old photographs, so this one will be a great addition to the set.” John, who has daughters Jill and Julie, trained as a compositor and worked in general printing in Manchester before moving over to Blackpool, where after initially working for a company called Taylor, he eventually moved on to The Gazette with a number of his fellow workers.
“We were known affectionately by the other men as Taylor’s Dummies,” he laughs.
That 1963 pier photograph, like others in the new Friday supplement, comes from thousands of glass negatives which, until recently, had been hidden away – lost – in a storeroom.
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After all, like John and Vera here, you might even see yourself!