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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.

Memories of St Annes

When I was a child in the 1960s we spent several happy family holidays at Lytham St Annes, and the Lifeboatmen’s Memorial on the promenade at St Annes always had a very strong effect on me. It commemorates the worst disaster in the history on the RNLI, when a total of 27 lifeboat crew lost their lives on (...Read full memory)

Lived at 28 Park Road and I attended St Thomas's School. My grandparents overlooked Aston Gardens living at 4 St Georges Avenue. Their names were Joseph and Elizabeth Hardman whose children were called Joyce Walmsley, John Walsley and Josie. Next door to them were a great family called Grierson. Mrs Grierson was a (...Read full memory)

When I was a child in the 1960's, my granddad would take my brother and myself to the old Fire Station. He had just retired after 30 years in the Fire Service. His name was Albert Newns. He had been Station Officer there then ADO at Firebrigade HQ at Fulwood. We used to have a look at the engines and were (...Read full memory)

My experiences of the St Anne's Pier Entrance took place in 1955. After sailing my boat on the nearby model boat pond, I was given a few coppers to spend in the games arcade which was just inside the entrance. Most involved flicking a ball bearing around a vertical loop, hoping to see the ball fall into a hole which (...Read full memory)

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