Morecambe, The West End Pier 1899
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At the turn of the 20th century, late Victorians enjoy a walk above the water on West End Pier. The spaces between the planks meant that you could see the water below, and this added to the excitement and danger of the early piers.

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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.

A Selection of Memories from Morecambe

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Morecambe

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I remember staying at the Waverley hotel year after year, i must have been around 8 years old and the highlight for me was to see the Aqua show, many years later i performed at the winter gardens Theater in Snow White and the seven Dwarfs on ice. I returned to Morcambe about 5 years ago, what a state the Theater is in now, i do hope it can be saved,how Morcambe has changed, but i still have the memories. Michael (Jason) Nobbs..
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 Fortnight ( the annual holiday period for folks from Glasgow) and Herman and the Hermits were to play ...see more
I remember the Pier just before it changed in the late sixties when the arcade was built at the entrance. Before that it was a walkway divided by a wooden fence which can be seen clearly in this picture. As a child I would play on the sand close to the pier and I recall that the dancing was very popular. They always used to play 'A Walk in the Black Forest' and 'Let's Have a Ceilidh' and hearing these tunes always ...see more
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 farther afield we didn't offer assistance! Later I saw Screaming Lord Sutch, the Doodlebugs and ...see more