HMS Ringtail – Burscough

Royal naval memorial to those who served at HMS Ringtail, Burscough during WWII

This memorial is to Royal Naval Personnel who served at HMS Ringtail, Royal Naval Air Service, Burscough September 1943 to June 1946. HMS Ringtail was for radar training and as a base for squadrons disembarking or working up for shipboard operations during World War 2. Burscough, West Lancashire, UK.

I have always been vaguely aware that Burscough once had a significant airfield but it was only recently that I started to wonder about it.

This scan of a 1958 based Ordnance Survey map shows the airfield's location.

This scan of a 1958 based Ordnance Survey map shows the airfield’s location.

My first visit to the former airfield was to a Merseyside Transport Trust building on the site in 2015 to have a look at progress on rebuilding a former Merseyrail 502 EMU. Here’s a couple of links to the postings I did about that visit:-

My next reason to visit the former airfield was to take a look at the new Booths Supermarket which opened not so long ago and which occupies part of the site. Interestingly, it is also designed to look somewhat like an aircraft hanger.


However, my attention was drawn to the memorial at the side of Booths to the servicemen and women who served at this Royal Naval Station, for it was not an RAF Station. The stone plinth with plaque sits opposite to a statue of an airman.


The link under the 1st/headline above photo takes you to a ‘Lancashire at War’ web page which details the history of this fascinating Royal Navy Station. This lead photo was a very fortuitous one that I took as Burscough was having a wonderful sunset on 20th January 2016 which was reflecting in the windows of the new Supermarket. Another shot looking straight at the sunset with the Royal Naval airman statue in shot as well is below.

HMS Rigtal memorial set against sunset

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The 1st and 4th photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Merseyside Transport Trust’s Burscough Open Day

Jen and I went along to this open day mainly to have a look at the restoration work being done on the former Merseyrail Class 502 EMU. More on that in a future posting but here is a lovely photo of a Leyland Tiger PS2/5 built in 1950 and displaying Southport Corporation colours.

Southport Open Top Bus r

I must admit to being a train man personally but this bus and its restoration caught my eye. It is one of a batch of 20 ordered by the former Ribble Motors. In 1960 it was sold to the former Southport Corporation with 2 others from the original 20. It was converted to Open Top and started tours of Southport in 1961. It ran until 1985 and was then sold to a bus operator in Rhyl.

Following some neglect it was purchased for restoration but this was never completed. Step in Graham Ryder who brought it back from Wales to the Trust’s facilities in Burscough. Two and a half years of hard work followed until it had its first run back in Southport earlier this year.

It looks grand indeed and notice it has the ‘Circular Tour’ headboard on it which harks back to those circular tours by trams back in Southport’s glorious past.

The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-