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    Then & Now : the same scenes 100 years apart

    Annals of Southport & District (published 1903)

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    Southport Holiday Guide 1980

    Guide To Southport In North Meols (1809 & 1825)

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  1. Benny Hardwick.
    Started by Volvo 22/04/2014

    Anyone remeber Benny Hardwick the king of Albert Road ?:rolleyes:

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  2. hollands toffee works
    Started by Ken B 10/05/2004

    who can remember the hollands factory in virginia st?, i worked there as a long distance driver in 1952, they had a fleet of bedford trucks, & had to paint them in all different colours because they were known to police forces all over england, scotland & wales as hell drivers. the problem with the...

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  3. George Bromilow
    Started by Ken B 27/11/2005

    it is with deep sadness that i learned of the demise of George, he was a lovely man & will be remembered among other things as one of the best amateur footballers Southport has ever produced,i had the pleasure of playing in the same team as George in the middle forties, Leyland road juniors &...

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    15/04/2014 05:58 PM
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  4. wall of death 1955
    Started by pops 20/10/2005

    sat in spanish class and we had to explain our hobbies and past times in spanish of course and to my amazement the lady next to me rode the wall of death in 1955 at southport fair with a guy named Jackie Dernon she was 18 at the time and when asked had she any photos she had none to memory...

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    15/04/2014 09:04 AM
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  5. 'Moulin Rouge' Ainsdale
    Started by onthespot 10/02/2004

    Pictured below is the old 'Moulin Rouge' Ainsdale, now the Toby Inn. Any memories?

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    11/04/2014 09:09 AM
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  6. St Johns Ainsdale
    Started by Daver 10/04/2014

    Can anyone put any names to this photo? It was taken somewhere around 1952/53

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    10/04/2014 10:11 PM
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  7. Norwood Road 1951/52
    Started by JohnH 12/09/2007

    Not sure of the exact year of this picture. Found it while going through my mums old photos.

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    10/04/2014 04:52 PM
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  8. General & Sports Motorcycles
    Started by Bonaire Bondy 29/09/2005

    Anyone remember General & Sports motorcycles. It was down Hill Street. The showroom was on a parade of shops that stood where Sainsburys car park is now and the workshop was opposite Rimmers Garage where the lawnmower shop is now. It was a Suzuki main agent. I was there in 1980/81 when the X7 had...

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    09/04/2014 02:51 PM
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  9. Walter ? Highpark Area
    Started by choppersex 29/11/2009

    Does anyone recall Walter,he was often seen around Highpark many years ago,who was he,were was he from. He is pictured with my gran but she never mentioned him.

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    09/04/2014 02:41 PM
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  10. The Grange Hospital 1st World War
    Started by semah 08/02/2012

    I have dozens of Photographs of the St John VAD Hospital that was situated at 'The Grange' in Southport. They show pictures of the buildings, wards, patients and staff. I have attached a couple for those interested. Where would be an appropriate home for these Photo's?

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    03/04/2014 11:06 AM
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  11. Coultons Bakery
    Started by passback 30/10/2007

    How many of you remember Coultons bakery on the corner of Duke Street and Shakespeare Street. At one point there must have been around 250 people working there in its heyday. I worked there as a driver for around 6 years and was there when it closed in 1973. Along with a few other drivers I was...

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    02/04/2014 10:55 PM
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  12. Cyclone death
    Started by ZEUS 19/01/2007

    This is a bit gory I know but I just wanted to know if anyone remembers the death of a young lad on the cyclone in the late 70's/early 80s? I can remember being in the sea bathing lake on that day and hearing the old sirens of police cars and ambulances nearby. It wasn't until I got home and...

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    21/03/2014 10:35 PM
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  13. John Riding & The Sea Egg
    Started by flyp 28/01/2010

    I remember seeing John exhibiting his Sea Egg at the Drill Hall sometime around 1970. I think he was from Southport - does anyone have any further information about him? This link gives a few details about his crossings of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and his subsequent disappearance. ...

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    10/03/2014 04:21 PM
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  14. The Last Day Of Lord St Station
    Started by Sgt Wilson 06/11/2010

    From the Southport Visiter Tuesday Jan 8th 1952 Southport has finally lost one of it's railway stations. During it's 68 years of existance, Lord St Station has acted as a gateway to Southport for hundreds of thousands of visitors. But the last ticket has been collected, and the gateway is closed...

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    09/03/2014 06:51 PM
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  15. High Park (continued)
    Started by onthespot 01/09/2002

    Gordon Wilson from High Park says hello to all his old friends back in the 60's & 70's. Gord is a retired fireman and spends a lot of time playing golf. Pictured below is Gordon (1/9/02)

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    04/03/2014 04:45 PM
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  16. Limes Hydro
    Started by AnneFG 09/02/2009

    Hi there I'm not from Southport but have been doing some research into a side of my family who lived there. On the 1901 census, one of them, at that point a fairly old man, was a boarder at Limes Hydro at 51-53 Bath Street. I'm just curious as to what Limes Hydro actually was and if it's still...

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    17/02/2014 02:46 PM
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  17. What memories have you found in the loft?
    Started by PLATTY 16/02/2014

    I hope I get this right, it's my first time!!! (i'll never be a virgin again) I have had a great time read the various threads on Southport nightlife of the late 60s and early 70s and remember many of the people and places mentioned. While sorting through "stuff" gathering dust in the loft I found...

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    16/02/2014 11:32 AM
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  18. canning road
    Started by grimpner 07/05/2008

    Does anyone remember canning road at the crowland street end?i lived at 101 and remember ted and mary angolopolus,jean and tom quinn,ann and dennis willliamson,kath and aubrey martin,mr ormerod,mr and mrs naul,mrs morris,mrs prescott and alice firth. nice place to live in the 70's - dead quiet...

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    13/02/2014 07:34 AM
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  19. St Simons Cricket Team, Late 1950s
    Started by TomofShank 27/01/2014

    With any luck, I've attached a photograph. Have I got the names right? Charlie Moore, Stan Rimmer, Bill Cooke, Jack Howard, Max Davies, Tom Wright, Brian Lee. Keith Mason, Paul Goldstraw, Frank Simm, John Fairhurst (captain) Rev. Jim Hamilton, Joe Porter, Norman Wright. Dennis Hall (scorer)

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    09/02/2014 08:14 PM
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  20. Belvedere Rd Strathleigh School
    Started by tonyB 18/11/2008

    I have posted these recent pictures of the school on Friends Reunited. The school closed many years ago, however I had a contact from a member the other day who thinks this is the wrong house as she thought the school building was a lot older. I am certain I have the correct building. The full...

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    09/02/2014 05:01 PM
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  21. Vanished Businesses Of Southport
    Started by flyp 01/08/2002

    Phil Mitchell's mention of Weatherby's bakery brought to mind other trade names that were familiar years ago - what are your memories of them and what happened to them??? For example, do you remember: Coultons, Seymour Meads, White Hudsons, Redmans, Moores Market, Blowers supermarket, ...

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    29/01/2014 08:34 AM
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  22. George hotel
    Started by Gegsy 09/01/2014

    Such a shame. Many memories. Had my first ever pint there in 1959.

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    14/01/2014 04:16 PM
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  23. Shrimps
    Started by ex more 16/07/2005

    These ladies used to get the 6 am train from St Lukes to Preston to sell their wares,children would be taught to shell shrimps from the age of three,. :)

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    02/01/2014 10:48 PM
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  24. Publicity Film from 1958
    Started by Hattrickpatrick 22/07/2013

    I recently obtained a copy of this publicity film which I think dates from about 1958. It includes shots of long lost attractions like the Sea Bathing Pool, Peter Pan's Playground, Floral Hall Gardens, Land of the Little People, and the Model yachting lake where Ocean Plaza now stands. ...

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    26/12/2013 03:09 PM
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  25. All Our Yesterdays.
    Started by whiskeyman 09/12/2013

    Anyone remember 'All Our Yesterdays'? I used to love it. I can't find much on the internet about it. And 'Forces Family Favourites' and 'The Jimmy Clitheroe Show'. Nostalgia - it ain't what it used to be!

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    24/12/2013 01:12 PM
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  26. Actor Barry Jackson has died - Mr. Love (1985)
    Started by The Dark Horse 09/12/2013

    The actor, Barry Jackson, who portrayed Donald Lovelace in the film, "Mr. Love" has died, aged 75. The Telegraph IMDB YouTube

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    18/12/2013 01:29 PM
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  27. Sea Bathing Lake
    Started by seivad 11/01/2003

    Sea Bathing Lake 1966

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    12/12/2013 08:34 PM
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  28. Viceroy Court
    Started by Markone 19/11/2013

    Can anyone tell me when Viceroy Court (Lord Street) was built and what was there before? I have used "search" to check earlier posts, but the only references come up in "grot" spots and medical emergencies. Thanks as always. Mark

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    10/12/2013 07:26 PM
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  29. Trees
    Started by Gegsy 05/12/2013

    Just having a browse on Google earth especially around the streets near where I used to live and the biggest thing I noticed was the lack of large trees. Growing up in the fifties, I'm sure that streets like Walnut st, Cumberland Road, Lethbridge Road etc. used to have large trees. Am I correct...

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    10/12/2013 05:32 PM
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  30. Another Load of Old Rubbish!!
    Started by Barrie 02/02/2004

    Anyone of a "certain age group" remember the horse drawn bin wagons? Hold on there, its not that long ago is it? I remember the green wooden dustcarts being pulled along by a rather large but friendly horse. We used to bring out crusts of bread to suppliment the feed which was carried in sacks...

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    09/12/2013 06:29 PM
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  31. Norwood Road School (Blowick)
    Started by Mortis 02/11/2013

    I know there are a number of threads already on this subject but I'm keen to try and trace any photos of the old school including maps or plans. Considering the age of the school there seems to be precious little available on the internet. All posts very welcome.

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    16/11/2013 11:29 PM
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  32. The Empire Teatre Southport
    Started by maisie 26/10/2013

    Does anhyone know where this was? According to an rticle in last weeks Champion newspaper Winston Churchill gave a speach there in 1909/1910

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    01/11/2013 12:10 PM
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  33. Gregsons dairy crossens
    Started by nogger 28/04/2013

    Does anyone have any information as regards to a dairy in Crossens I think it was owned by Gregsons. It was near the plough roundabout, I know alot of farms used to be in the area just off the roundabout.

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    18/10/2013 05:31 PM
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  34. Wesley Church, Eastbank Street
    Started by maisie 05/10/2013

    I have been told Wesley Street got its name from the Weslay Chapel/Church that stood on Eastbank Street, possibly where the Volunteer pub is now or the opposite corner. Has anyone got any information about this church? Dates etc

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    07/10/2013 06:10 PM
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  35. Beatles (and others) Live in Southport
    Started by Rodders 24/03/2012

    If you're interested in The Beatles and when they played Southport on numerous occasions in the 60s, perhaps you might like to check out my website: It WAS mentioned on here before as ".com" but has changed to ".co.uk" ... http://fab4southport.co.uk/ ... I'm having to do quite a few changes and...

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    25/09/2013 06:17 PM
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  36. Can anyone remember Peter (Pinoch) Rimmer ex Coleman
    Started by dj woz 07/09/2013

    I'm doing some research into my family history Peter Rimmer was my grandfather His sister Edith Sutton and brother in law Richard Sutton from 108 high park road He died age 72 in may 1979 in a gas explosion in Victoria st And died 9 days later in the infirmary from severe burns I...

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    10/09/2013 10:42 PM
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