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Gathurst amusement park.


On the boat swings.
Photo: Albert Short
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Item #: 25413
An extremely faded photograph of me, on the boat swings, at Gathurst, Taken summer, in 1937. My father is by the side of the swing. I always remember there was a spring nearby, where you were able to drink the water.

Comment by: Garry on 2nd August 2014 at 12:13

It's over exposed not faded. At least your seen Albert.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 3rd August 2014 at 05:24

Albert; I remember going to see these swings. Was 9 years old in 1937 and livng in a brand new semi-detached house in Queensway, Wigan which cost £400 in 1936. Don`t remember any spring or having a ride on the swings. Did gipsies live in this area?

Comment by: Albert. on 3rd August 2014 at 10:48

Hi Ernest. I cannot recollect any gypsies living on the site, but it such a long time ago. It may be, at nine years of age, you may have felt too old to go on the swings. I do vividly remember the spring. Surprising what the memory does retain.

Comment by: Albert. on 3rd August 2014 at 11:32

Thank you for your expertise Garry. I am not very well up, on intricacies of photography.

Comment by: Aubrey on 3rd August 2014 at 12:18

Nice one Albert, wouldn't have recognised (you without uniform), but there is a likeness from your father

Comment by: Mick on 3rd August 2014 at 13:35

I'm told the swings and other attractions were owned and ran by a chap called Robinson, and that the traveller's van was the property of a man who was a keen angler, and used it as a base for his fishing trips to Dean Lock.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd August 2014 at 21:04

Albert, My Mam told me about going on trips to Gathurst on a canal-boat from Wigan, about having a picnic and about the Swing-boats. I wish with all my heart that she could see this. Thankyou!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 3rd August 2014 at 22:30

Aubrey; Are you being facetious? Albert is sat in the swing.

Comment by: Aubrey on 4th August 2014 at 06:53

Ernest, Yes, I am aware that Albert is on the swing.

Comment by: Albert. on 4th August 2014 at 10:26

Ernest. Thank you for your concern for me. I know Aubrey very well. We worked together many years ago, in the Wigan Borough Police, and I know. No way would he be facetious towards me.

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