Blackpool – Trouble In Paradise

Friday 28th February 1975 What Blackpool… Paradise… I hear you say? Well, that’s how many people who came to Blackpool in the 1950s saw it, I am quite sure the younger generations from the same areas would not take the same view. But then again, if I am honest, they are witnessing a totally different…

Jack the Stripper

Does anyone remember Jack the Stripper?

Saturday 27th February 1965 No, I haven’t made a spelling mistake, this truly was his nickname, taken of course from the most infamous mass murderer of them all, Jack the Ripper. He got the nickname because all his victims were Prostitutes and all found in the nude. Unfortunately, these London murders were never solved and…

Trolley Bus

Trolley Buses? No Thank you!

Saturday 26th February 1955 In the Blackpool local papers mailbag was this little gem. TO THE EDITOR Regarding the proposed changeover from trams, why not settle for trolley buses – the type which Bournemouth operates? They have six wheels a door at the rear and a door at the rear of the nearside front wheel…

George Best

TV – 30 Years Ago Today

Monday 25th February 1985 Looking back at old TV listings really does take you back and is a wonderful way to skip down memory lane. By 1985 we had 4 channels to choose from all starting around 4pm in the day and finishing at 12 midnight if you were lucky, we were spoilt for choice……

Snow Blizzard

Two Men At Sea Saved In Snowstorm

Thursday 24th February 1955 It wasn’t just on land where the 1955 ‘Big Freeze’ caused havoc, the crew of a Fleetwood lifeboat came to the aid of two men off the coast of Morecambe Bay who were aboard a converted lifeboat. They had been buffeted at sea by the blizzard and subsequently towed into Heysham…