Having found these two videos – see links below – on You Tube about Southport, it’s history and how it was promoted in the 1970’s (both uploaded by Michael Dawson) I had to share them:-
And how the seaside resort is presently promoted in Covid 19 times:-
What’s interesting is that clearly in the days of the former Southport Borough Council and indeed into the early days of Sefton Borough Council there was significant promotion of the famous seaside resort by or at least organised by the council. That this lead in the promotion of Southport has been all but lost via the changing priorities of the present Council and indeed austerity measures must surely have had a detrimental effect on the local economy.
I recall that during my time on Sefton Council (1999 – 2015) with 7 years of that period being as Council Leader one of my long-term concerns was that the Council was always under pressure to reduce spending on the promotion of Southport. So yes the issue well pre-dates modern-day austerity. And the reason for this pressure? The need to spend an ever greater proportion of the budget on adult social care and children in care. Now you can see why politicians of all parties had to put the elderly and children first but never the less the effect was an ever dwindling amount of money to promote our local seaside resort.
Now probably more than ever Southport needs to be promoted so this proud and historic seaside resort can return to prosperity returns after the pandemic.
Trams died out across the UK in the 1940’s and 50’s but Southport’s Pier Tram has continued to serve holiday makers and anyone else who wants to ride on a tram along the Town’s famously long pier. Blackpool may well be famous for its trams and places like Southport must very much regret letting theirs go.
Of course trams are making a big come back in some major cities such as Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham and Edinburgh and in Sunny Southport its Lib Dem councillors want to extend the tram to Southport Railway Station.
A good read about Southport’s former tram network is ‘Southport in the age of the tram’ by James Dean and Cedric Greenwood published in 2008 by Silver Link Publishing.
Photos of the Pier Tram are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
The huge project to refurbish Kings Gardens on Southport’s front next to the Marine Lake are showing signs of the area being returned to if not its former glory then a modern interpretation of it.
I went to have a good look at the work recently and took a number of photo’s. Here are some of them with a brief commentary on each one:-
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The old cast iron and glass shelters were a sorry state but have now been given a new lease of life
This shows some of the detailed refurbishment of the shelters.
New uncovered seating is in the same style as the original and nicely done too.
The pedestrian bridge over Marine Lake is undergoing significant works.
The last photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
Let’s face it if you are male of any age you probably like trains, even those of you who are not prepared to admit it! And railways are not always a male preserve as I know women who are interested in trains.
Here, at Southport Model Railway Village, you have just about the largest size of model railway that can be bought. The tracks are 45mm apart and it is called G Scale; much bigger than Hornby’s OO and even larger than O scale. What’s more G Scale trains are made for running outside hence this large outdoor model railway village is worth a visit.
If you go to the Village web site you can click on ‘Gallery’ and watch the videos of trains running at a fast model speed.
Here are a few shots I have taken on previous visits there:-
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Some of these photos are also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
If you remember Southport in the 60’s and 70’s take a look at this video from You Tube.
The Old Pier Train, Cream and Red buses, the old fun fare, the outdoor lido, the big wooden dipper – pure Southport nostalgia with a clip of rival North West resort Blackbool popping up right at the end.
I am sure I saw Ronnie (Mr Southport) Fearn somewhere in the background!