Soldiers On Watch

The Phoney War Continues But All Out War Looms Large

Tuesday 19th March 1940 The local papers are full of it and on a daily basis. Today’s focus is on the recent meeting of Mussolini and Hitler, the separate war between Russia and Finland, known as the Winter War, the U-Boat menace in the Atlantic, the Nazi raids on Paris, a Nazi supplies agreement with…

Gardner’s Go To War

Tuesday 18th March 1918 Three land worker’s from the Fylde Coast on this day in 1918 were called to the Preston Appeals Tribunal, to identify if they were indeed not able to go off to France and fight for their King and Country. None of the men were named only their positions and fitness to…

Radio Caroline

Radio Blackpool

Wednesday 17th March 1965 As early as this day in 1965 Blackpool was considering the possibility of a local radio station, even though it didn’t actually happen for another 27 years. This was the era of the Radio Pirates that broadcast on ships offshore and outside of British waters and therefore jurisdiction. The most popular…

UK Childs Ration Book WW2

Everyone Wasn’t ‘All In It Together’ in 1940

Tuesday 16th March 1940 It was reported this day in 1940 that as far as food was concerned everybody was certainly NOT all in it together. During the war and for quite a few years after, food was rationed, meaning a limit was set on what you could buy. This was done by way of…

South Pier 1932

Who Said Judges Don’t Have A Sense of Humour?

Wednesday 13th March 1935 Nurse, Mrs Margaret Hope of Meadow St, Blackburn claimed in court yesterday that Mr Harry Blakeley, retired mill owner of Preston Ave, Eccles had met her on Blackpool Pier in 1932 and introduced her to his family as the woman he intended to marry. She also claimed the following year he…