WHAT new mystery draw awaits us on Stanley Park? Visitors will have seen a vast area now cleared by its sports centre. Even staff there had no idea what was coming when I asked – not another car park, we hope!
The site used to house Plant World, the gardeners’ greenhouses and, for those who remember it, the park’s hothouse of exotic plants. This former glass palace never recovered from a battering of missiles off renowned England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham.
It was about 12 years ago, if I remember correctly, that he played in an all-stars XI versus a president’s XI at nearby Blackpool Cricket Club. While fielding, he had been sharing pints with spectators and, upon coming in to bat, should have been given out in the first over.
But rather than disappoint the crowds umpires turned a blind eye. The burly batsman went on to hoist sixes over trees and the pavilion, with the hothouse as well as windscreens in the car park and West Park Drive suffering accordingly – to the delight of all at the time.
Our renovated Tower, Winter Gardens and Promenade show the town is far from a has-been. Let’s hope beautiful Stanley Park keeps up the resort’s winning style! Readers who remember my column for your paper may be interested to know I have a novel published. Where Angels Tread is in paperback and e-book through Amazon.com – just search for my name on their website. My next book is Saddle Sore, a humorous ‘local’ history of Blackpool’s oldest inn, available in the new year (check with royedmonds-blackpool.com).
Preston Old Road
IT was with great fortitude and determination that not only the members of Blackpool Ladies’ Sick Poor Association battled the horrendous gales last week to organise their annual Christmas Coffee Morning, but also our president the Mayoress Mrs Pat Dimuantes and the Mayor of Blackpool Coun Mrs Joan Greenhalgh, to whom we are most grateful for supporting our event.
More than £1,100 was raised to add to our funds to help the people of Blackpool who find themselves in a crisis situation.
We are most grateful to the management and staff of the Cliffs Hotel for their cooperation and to all those people who supported our stalls and who helped in any way.
Blackpool Ladies’ Sick Poor Association
THE caravans on the site off Fairfield Road now total 51, creeping up steadily over the last few weeks and leaving the site more populated than Hardhorn.
There is also an accident imminent as stray dogs are forever wandering on to the road fronting our bungalows.
When are the councils of Wyre and Fylde going to be on the residents’ side and wake up?
MR W WILLIAMSON