Fylde’s summer days are here again

Beauty pageant: From left: Miss Barbara Crooke - of Preston second, Miss Patricia Encell, of Ayshire - first, Miss Patricia Dodsworth, of Burnley - third. Miss Jean Pennance, of Blackpool, Miss Wynne Toban of Leyland, Miss Marjorie Millward of St Annes, Miss Beryl Jackson, of Hoylake
Beauty pageant: From left: Miss Barbara Crooke - of Preston second, Miss Patricia Encell, of Ayshire - first, Miss Patricia Dodsworth, of Burnley - third. Miss Jean Pennance, of Blackpool, Miss Wynne Toban of Leyland, Miss Marjorie Millward of St Annes, Miss Beryl Jackson, of Hoylake

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

They really sum up the feeling of the season and community in the area.

Children are pictured in scouting uniform, taking part in the procession at Warton Club Day, in June 1954. Warton Club Day, which dated back to the 1920s, folded in 1988.

And youngster Keith Lawrence can be seen in July 1954, in his fancy dress as a Kiddies Merry Go Round, at Wrea Green Field Day. Behind him is Raymond Edgar, as Neville Duke and the Hunter. Wrea Green Field Day had its origins as far back as 1924, when the first rose queen was crowned – after a group of seven local girls had watched the Lytham fair procession. The following year they walked around the green and collected money for Dr Barnardos. In 1926, local parents got together to form an organising committee, and the tradition of the Rose Queen and Field Day began.

St Annes Church garden party features in two photographs from the 1950s – one of girls playing, in 1956 and the other of youngsters ‘fishing’ on one of the stalls, in July 1954.

We can also see the rose queen of Freckleton’s methodist churches, Miss Elizabeth Mason, in the Freckleton Club Day procession, in July 1956. And Rose Queen Jean Wilde, with her courtiers and attendants, at Warton Club Day, in June 1954.

Jennifer Swan, May Queen of St Annes County School, is pictured with her retinue, after the coronation ceremony at the school May festival, 1954.

Also synonymous with St Annes summers were the many seaside beauty pageants of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

The fourth heat of an unnamed contest, from August 1952, is was captured by our photographer.