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  1. Wright Family Gathering 1950's Marshside
    Started by All Rounder 10/02/2006

    This photo has been donated by Tony Rimmer ;) Taken in approx 1957/58 at Marshside Church Hall

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  2. In this article from Building News (August 1907), it describes the construction of a new house in Birkdale. Nothing really remarkable about that, until you realise it is a house designed by the man responsible for most of the beautiful cinemas that once adorned Lord Street and the iconic Royal...

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  3. Tom Coulter
    Started by Ken B 19/09/2005

    does anyone know what happened to Tom? as teenagers we grew up together in Linaker st until Tom joined the R.A.F & when he was demobbed he had become a hairdresser & at one time had two ladies salons in the town, one in eastbank st & another one in leicester st, the last time i saw him he had a...

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    23/11/2014 08:22 PM
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  4. 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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    11/11/2014 10:58 AM
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  5. old lord street shops
    Started by Ken B 27/11/2005

    i can remember a few of the shops that were on Lord street many years ago, but have forgotten the names of a lot of them,here are the ones i remember, Sissons, Matti & Tissots, Marshall & Snelgroves,Kardomah,Alexanders ,Fletchers, & Kay & Foley, can't remember any more.

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    07/11/2014 11:03 AM
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  6. Victoria Brewery Birkdale
    Started by Markone 03/06/2009

    A couple of years back we were refurbishing the old staff quarters at the Royal Clifton hotel and I came across this bottle in the roof space. It is a bottle of Burdock and Dandelion from W.H.Webbs Victoria Brewery Birkdale. I just wondered if anyone was familiar with the name or remembers anything...

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  7. 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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    30/10/2014 03:55 PM
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  8. Underground Nevill Street
    Started by HistoryMB 16/04/2002

    Probably a lot of you have heard about the street underneath Neville Street. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on it. When was the Old Neville Street built over? Why exactly did they build over (heard it was something to do with the sea), Why do they not open it up as a tourist...

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  9. 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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  10. It was just after 12 noon on Saturday 25th of October 2014 that we arrived at Segar’s farm just off the coast road at Ainsdale to meet Mrs Joan Braid, now in her 80s, brought up on the farm and still living there, the only surviving witness to the disastrous B 24H Liberator crash which occurred on...

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    28/10/2014 12:11 AM
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  11. Mick Aspinall / High Park
    Started by onthespot 24/01/2002

    Anybody remember this man from High Park-Mick Aspinall ,his father Tommy Aspinall delivered coal to most houses in the High Park area during the 60's.

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    26/10/2014 02:27 PM
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  12. Cracking link for old Southport photo's
    Started by Delbertious 14/10/2014

    Some cracking old photo's of Southport dating from the late 1800's. ocations/southport/photos

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    17/10/2014 09:29 AM
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  13. Where is this......
    Started by maisie 19/09/2014

    I do know :)

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    21/09/2014 05:41 PM
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  14. wreck of the Pegu off Formby point
    Started by Mike R 15/02/2009

    just scanned some old pictures I had of a trip out to the wreck ... the wreck lies about a mile out from Formby point , its right on the low spring tide point and its under water most of the year ..

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    01/09/2014 01:02 AM
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  15. Stanley v Meolscop at Haigh Ave
    Started by rickwelch 01/02/2007

    I have attached a photo taken at Haigh Ave I thiink in 1965?? It was Stanley sec school v Meolscop school, I played in goal for Stanley & I think the score was 4 - 1 to Meolscop but I am sure someone will tell me if it was different. Stanley line up I think was Back row: Tony Aspinall, John...

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    28/08/2014 12:44 AM
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  16. William James Magee
    Started by magee4 20/08/2014

    Hello, I am interested in speaking to anyone who knows of a William James Magee, my great grandfather. I do not know much about him, he was born in Belfast and i know he died in Southport in 1975. He's a bit of a mystery in my family. I don't know if he re married, had more children... I do...

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    21/08/2014 12:02 AM
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  17. Turner's Chip Shop, Tulketh Street.
    Started by Lanky 29/07/2009

    Does anyone remember Turner's chippy in Tulketh Street? I half remember something special about the wall tiles in there. Can anyone refresh my memory, or even have a photo of those tiles? Lanky

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  18. southport beach
    Started by berty1 15/07/2014

    does anybody remember the whale washed up on ainsdale beach in the late fifties or earley sixties would like to see any photos

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    08/08/2014 11:41 AM
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  19. Brockhouse Corgi scooter
    Started by CorgiKing 25/01/2005

    Does anyone have memories of the Brockhouse Engineering (Southport) Ltd factory at Crossens during the early post-war years when the Corgi scooter and Indian brave motorcycle were manufactured.

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    22/07/2014 12:11 AM
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  20. Railex
    Started by seivad 08/10/2002

    Another SGB member, Sue Ellen, sent me this picture she found of the staff at Railex. I worked there from 1962 to around 1968. Not sure when this picture would have been taken, but it was taken at Cross Street and I am on it (hiding as usual!). Does anyone recognise anybody on the picture?

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  21. trinity hall school
    Started by Ken B 05/12/2004

    someone help me out here please, i have gone into google search & the only references i can find of trinity hall school refers to trafalgar rd birkdale, & yet in my own mind i can recal a school in duke st that was called trinity hall, am i losing it ?..g'day from oz..

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    08/07/2014 12:42 PM
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  22. Tower House, Ainsdale
    Started by Davelooksback 16/06/2014

    Does anybody here know the precise address of this building. Does it still exist today? Thanks!

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    28/06/2014 08:16 PM
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  23. Wintersdorf Girls School, Birkdale
    Started by Davelooksback 13/06/2014

    This private school was located in Trafalgar Road I believe. Does anybody know the years it was in operation as a school and also whether the building is still there? I attach an old photo of it - looks a fine building. My great-grandma was a pupil in the 1880s I think. Thanks! Dave

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    20/06/2014 03:59 PM
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  24. Gainsborough Road in Birkdale - pre-war photos
    Started by Davelooksback 11/06/2014

    Hello everyone! This is my very first post. I just wanted to ask if anyone here knows where I could find photos of Gainsborough Road, Birkdale as it looked before WW2? Originally there used to be three massive houses on this beautiful road, now long demolished although one can see some...

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    13/06/2014 08:41 AM
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  25. Kevin Fogarty Guitarist With The Teenbeats 1960's
    Started by flamingo 15/12/2010

    I was very sad to read in the Midweek Visiter that Kevin has died. Of late he lived in Florida . In the 1960's he played in the group the Teenbeats at the local (Southport) church dances and other venues. I danced the night away many a time, with my pal Myrtle. I remember going to the Floral...

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    11/06/2014 10:18 AM
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  26. 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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    22/05/2014 02:05 PM
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  27. Southport bus recovery truck
    Started by peter88 12/01/2006

    Hi A friend of mine is restoring the AEC Matador recovery truck that used to belong to Southport corporation transport.It started life as a WW2 army truck and was bought by the transport dept in 1950 and converted at the bus garage.It lasted till 1982 when it was sold to a caravan site in...

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    10/05/2014 06:30 PM
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  28. St Luke's School Formby Photo 1936c
    Started by FCS 06/05/2014

    This school photo of the pupils of St Luke's School Jubilee Rd Formby in about 1936 has been donated to the Formby Civic Society by Hazel Wolfe. Her brother Arthur is on the back row 2nd left. Hazel's parents moved to Formby in 1934 and ran the newsagents in Queens Road. A few of her memories...

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    06/05/2014 09:35 PM
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  29. Mr Smith. Linaker St School Teacher
    Started by no66y 10/06/2007

    Does anyone remember Mr Smith, a teacher at Linaker St Jnr school way back in the mid 1970's? If you had him as a teacher, you'd remember him :)

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    05/05/2014 09:25 PM
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  30. From the mid 1980’s Gordon Roberts began recording the prehistoric imprints appearing in the mud along the foreshore at Formby. This turned out to last for over a quarter of a century and has extended the history of Formby back from the supposed Viking origins to at least the seventh millennium BC...

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    30/04/2014 06:32 PM
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  31. 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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    29/04/2014 11:18 PM
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  32. Vintage Film of Southport
    Started by Hattrickpatrick 29/04/2014

    There are some interesting vintage clips of Southport in this recently published film on YouTube. It includes shots of Ainsdale Beach, the Sea Bathing Lake, Pleasureland, the Lakeside Miniature Railway, Hesketh Park and Lord Street, some dating back as far as the 1930s. ...

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    29/04/2014 10:08 PM
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  33. 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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    26/04/2014 10:22 AM
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  34. Benny Hardwick.
    Started by Volvo 22/04/2014

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

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    22/04/2014 09:50 AM
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  35. 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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    21/04/2014 11:35 PM
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  36. 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 10:04 AM
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