Memory Lane: We are Hull

Lytham Sea Cadets 1958
Lytham Sea Cadets 1958
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AN epic cross-country boat trip from Lytham to Hull more than 50 years ago is to be the subject of a new book.

And the author is hoping Memory Lane readers can help with any information about the unusual journey, made by Lytham Sea Cadets in 1958.

Porthcawl-based freelance writer and photographer David Swidenbank is working with co-author Andrew Hemmings, who came across a set of black and white slides, some of which are in need of restoration.

The slides, all with dates and location, are owned by Andrew’s brother-in-law Bernard (Ben) Lynch, who was one of the cadets on the trek to Hull cadets’ headquarters.

David explained: “Our book would be in the form of a diary of the journey, illustrated by the slides.

“Also featured will be historical background to the Lytham cadets.

“It will end with a section asking would it be possible to make the same journey today, following all the changes to our inland waterways.

“To help illustrate these changes more than 50 years ago, I will re-photograph as many of the locations as possible. Hopefully, the current cadets will be able to help with the project, but we would welcome any comments of memories from readers who may have taken part or simply recall the event.”

Anyone with any information can ring David on (01656) 773276, email at, go to or write to 54 Ogmore Drive, Nottage, Porthcawl, CF36 3HR.