Hop on board for an open top trip to Morecambe..or Southport

John  (Jack) Nelson at the wheel of The Blue Bird charabanc seen here in Cocker Square, Blackpool
John (Jack) Nelson at the wheel of The Blue Bird charabanc seen here in Cocker Square, Blackpool
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Hoping it kept fine might have been uppermost in the thoughts of those Blackpool visitors who hopped aboard this fine charabanc for a day trip for 8s (40p) to rival resort Morecambe or Southport.

The photograph, date unknown, is shared by Donald Hacking and his wife Muriel, who live in Marton.

Behind the wheel of The Blue Bird, owned by the Metropole Garage, is John “Jack” Nelson, who was Muriel’s dad.

Donald says: “Jack was a driver for Metropole Garages which was in General Street, now the premises of Leftons furniture store, and the photograph was found among the possessions of my late sister-in-law Marion Hoyle.

Donald adds: “Jack was the son of footballer Joseph Nelson, one of the original Blackpool FC players. Joseph was also a stickman on Blackpool Tower and died in his early 40s around 1900 from lead poisoning through the paint he used.”

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