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Blackpool, The Big Wheel 1896

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Built next to the Winter Gardens in 1896 in an attempt to compete with the Tower, the 220ft Gigantic Wheel was a financial disaster. The ride cost 6d and lasted for one complete revolution of the wheel. However, every time one of the cars reached the bottom the wheel was stopped while it was unloaded and reloaded.

Memories of Blackpool

Days Out In Blackpool In The Forties And Fifties

Between the years 1944 and 1956 my family and I lived in Preston, Lancashire and from there it was only a short ride on the train or bus to Blackpool, where we spent many happy days. This photo shows the sands and the wooden steps up to the promenade as I remember them. My mother preferred to ...Read full memory

Visiting Blackpool Illuminations As A Child

Around the year 1950 a coach would take all the children in our road on a trip to see Blackpool Lights. Those days they called the coach a charabanc.  Does anybody remember that name?  How happy all the children would be going on that trip to Blackpool. I remember very well  leaving ...Read full memory

Roses Everywhere For You Now Jimmy

The saddest of news. A member kindly sent me a link about Jimmy Rose and I was delighted to find old pictures of him. Looking further, I discovered that Jimmy died just two years ago. However, it does illustrate the value of this site, and the generosity of members who give their time to respond as they do. My search for my old friend is now ended, but the memories are still there.

The Queens Bars In Cleveleys

I was a part of a double cabaret act in the 60's. My then husband and I were Ricky and Jackie Day...we both sang and played guitars. We were resident at the Queens Bars in Cleveleys for summer seasons and my son James was Born at Glenroyd Hospital in Blackpool in 1964. Peter Blythe was a budding Medical ...Read full memory

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