St Anne's, The Pier c.1955
Photo ref: S3064
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It is after World War II, and Britain is getting back into economic gear. The Pier Orchestra under Lionel Johns continues to entertain. An increasing use of motor vehicles means that a car park is needed. A few years after this photograph was taken, the pier was completely enclosed and given over to slot machines and paid advertising hoardings. For the time being its popularity is assured.

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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 St Annes

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 St Annes

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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 allowed in them. My other grandpa (William Shepherd) had retired from being the first manager ...see more
I love this house. Would like to know the history can anyone help x
I trotted through and round the square in 1955 as I lived at 28 Park Road just off Talbot Square. I attended a ballet school (hidden on the right hand side of shown picture) and if memory served me correctly ballet school was called Stewart School of Dance
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 would result in a cascade of pennies falling into the little tray. Photos of Hollywood film ...see more