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Wigan Summer School, Southport
Wigan Summer School, Southport
Photo: Bob
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Item #: 31165
Found this on the 1955 OS maps. Wasn't there in 1930 or in 1965. Anyone got any information?

Comment by: Philip G. on 28th April 2019 at 22:08

Alderman T.Ramsden opened extensions to the Wigan Summer School at Ainsdale on the eighth of June 1939.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 29th April 2019 at 09:06

Did anyone in the Wigan/Omskirk area remember going to Lancashire Education Committees Summer School near Whalley / Clitheroe? It was at Wiswell at the foot of the Pendleton Fells. I would have been about 12-13 yrs old when I was there.

Comment by: Brian Bradshaw on 29th April 2019 at 09:31

Went to Southport Summer School twice- 1948 and 1949. I was with Pemberton Secondary ,also St Cuthberts, and Whelley schools for two weeks holiday.

Comment by: admin on 29th April 2019 at 13:45

Must admit I've never heard of it. Has anyone any photographs of the place?

Comment by: Philip G. on 29th April 2019 at 14:35

Admin. Item 8870 could show part of the building.

Comment by: Brian B on 29th April 2019 at 18:55

Went there from the Bluecoat school for two weeks,Must have been about 1948. Then went lots of times as my dad was the caretaker,as he was an ex miner the Southport air did him a world of good.The shrimp carts used to give us any "dabs" cought up in the shrimp nets.

Comment by: Philip G. on 29th April 2019 at 23:51

A nice post, Brian. And 1948, eh? . . . the year in which I was born.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 30th April 2019 at 07:58

In the top right hand corner is The Lido. We spent many a sunny day there, splashing about. It always seem to be sunny
in Southport !

Comment by: Veronica on 30th April 2019 at 08:41

No matter how hot the weather, the water was always freezing at the lido. It's hard to believe there was a lido there at one time. It was great fun in the summertime. I went back a couple of years ago to the exact spot - it was completely desolate.

Comment by: Pw on 30th April 2019 at 08:57

I never knew there was once a railway station in Lord Street, but I do remember it as a bus station

Comment by: Philip G. on 30th April 2019 at 08:57

How right you are, Helen. And the lido has been depicted so wonderfully-well on the old Railway Posters. You really must see them.

Comment by: dave johnson on 30th April 2019 at 10:55

Always remember hiring the "wool cossies" the gusset used to trail the floor when you came out the water. Somehow don`t think you`d fancy wearing somebody else`s swimwear now.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th April 2019 at 14:12

I also recall an open air roller skating rink in the area - not sure exactly where it was. It was there in '65 anyway when I went with a friend. You could hire the skates - it was very crowded as I remember.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 1st May 2019 at 08:00

I remember the shapeless,woolly thing, itchy too that I used to wear for swimming.
I think I posted a pic in album/people/Bradshaw of sunny day at the Lido with my brother, sister & cousin Mavis Bradshaw.
There seemed to be hundreds of people there enjoying the sun and having fun.

Comment by: Philip G. on 1st May 2019 at 19:49

Helen. Thanks for the lead to your 'Bradshaw pics'; they're great, . . . and India, eh?

Comment by: Ray Green on 21st July 2021 at 14:28

Hi I added the map to a Southport group and someone commented that children sent to the school didn't tell their mates as they were "ashamed" of being singled out by Social Services. This seems to me to be extremely unlikely. Can anyone clarify particularly Brian Bradshaw who attended?

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