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Piers

This selection of vintage photographs shows some of our finest piers in their heyday, recalling their glory days when seaside piers were at the heart of the traditional British family holiday.

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Caption for Morecambe, The Central Pier 1906: The pavilion seen in our photograph was built in 1897 to dwarf the West End Pier dome that had just been completed. Locals soon found a nick-name for our end-of-the-pier Victorian edifice. They called it 'the Taj Mahal of Morecambe', and it was a wonderfully eccen- tric and ornamental building until it was burnt down in 1933.

Memories of Morecambe

The Floral hall along with a cafe, cinema also had a dance hall as a ballroom dancer and local I regularly attended for practice and competition. It was also the dance hall of choice for Saturday night having the better bands the Central Pier was Friday nights. However my enduring memory is of it being Glasgow (...Read full memory)

I went to the Floral Hall with my school friend Linda Arnold regularly, we were 17 years of age. There were many groups just starting out. We met Brian Jones, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones when the Stones appeared. They wanted somewhere to stay overnight but as Linda lived in Lancaster and myself (...Read full memory)

From 1952 to 1959, aged 9 to 16 and at Morecambe Grammar School, I played the piano in the solo classes at the Morecambe Musical Festival - a premier event in the calendar of the Winter Gardens. It brought in thousands of people during the week; choirs, brass bands and soloists from Scotland, Yorkshire, (...Read full memory)

I am amazed there is no mention here of Morecambe Illuminations. Dose no one remember them? In the 50's I lived in Ecclesfield which then was West Riding of Yorkshire. We had little money and no transport but a neighbour would collect money weekly from my parents and a couple of times a year he (...Read full memory)

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