REMEMBER the days when summer
meant a day at the seaside? For generations of children from
Liverpool and the industrial towns of Lancashire, Southport was
a magical kingdom.
It was a journey to another
world; a weekend playground for millions where the sun always
seemed to shine. Crowds flocked to the beach and pier, as well
as attractions such as the Floral Hall, parks and gardens, open
air swimming pool and zoo.
Pleasureland, though, ruled
supreme, the undisputed King of the Castle. The squeals of
excited girls on the Cyclone roller-coaster, the laughter of
riders on the Traumatizer as their worlds were turned upside
down. The excitement of the rides, the penny arcades and side
stalls, all consumed by a mouth-watering aroma of candy-floss
and sugar-laced doughnuts. This land of thrills was the ultimate
Central to it all was the pier,
which promised an energising walk out into the sea, dotted with
fortune-tellers, entertainers and slot machines, along the way.
Those of a lazier disposition could catch the rattling train
which ran up and down.
Southport magical memories is a
pictorial trip down memory lane, from the grandiose splendour of
Lord Street to family fun at the seafront and pier. Featuring
over 100 photographs from the award-winning archives, magic
memories include the Lakeside Miniature Railway, Southport
Flower Show through the decades and many more.
Published as part of the
Liverpool Echo and Post's best-selling heritage collection, in
partnership with the Southport Visiter, this special 84-page
magazine will appeal to anybody interested in Southport's rich