Central Station

Central Station Site Promises

Saturday 22nd February 1975 Tonight it was proclaimed by President Mr Norman Barrow at the annual Federation of Master Builders dinner and dance that the new building to eventually be built on the Central Station site would be “fantastic!” The Blackpool Mayor Mr Walter Robinson gave assurances that this was the case and the developers…

skiing

The 1955 Big Freeze Doesn’t Faze the Blackpool Bobby

Monday 21st February 1955 Operation Snowdrop was launched today. This was the term given to the mercy mission which tried to get food and cattle fodder airlifted out to the North of Scotland while the snow continued to fall. Blackpool and the Fylde coast were also heavily hit by the blizzard, leaving snow drifts in…

Bank of England

Mortgage Defaults Hit Peak

Wednesday 20th February 1985 Is it any wonder when you consider the average Mortgage Rate at the time was 14%! The reason given by the Building Societies however was; Unemployment, the miners strike, financial mismanagement and marriage breakups! These factors may have played some part, but when you consider having a mortgage today of £100,000…

Mercedes Car

Entrepreneur Born Decades before his time

Tuesday 19th February 1985 Today, this man’s story might have been a different one, but in 1985, before the advent of mobile phones and discounted overseas carrier tariffs, Blackpool property developer Mr Stephen David Lewis simply ran out of cash. Eventually leading to a 9 month prison sentence, suspended for 2 years. He had planned…

PC Stan Parr

Disgraced Former Chief Constable Dies

Monday 18th February 1985 Blackpool resident Stanley Parr, aged 67 and former Chief Constable for Lancashire died today at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, he had been ill for some time. The report in the local press on this day was quite vague on what had led to his downfall and instead concentrated on his achievements. He…