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Two Wigan ladies paddling on Blackpool beach.
Photo: Keith Beckett
Views: 1,272
Item #: 33145
Taken in July 1957. Margaret Wright and Ethel Foster look like they're enjoying the weather.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th May 2021 at 16:24

I love those clothes the girls are wearing. Typical summer dresses in those days. You got your wear out of summer clothes in then. Lovely photo.

Comment by: Edna on 18th May 2021 at 17:52

What a lovely photo Keith.Great memories of Blackpool.Did Ethel Foster live near Lorne Street?

Comment by: John G on 18th May 2021 at 18:34

Keith: Two lovely young girls, are they related to you Keith?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 19th May 2021 at 07:23

What a carefree image this is , 2 lovely young women enjoying a day by the sea. Wearing their nice summer dresses......those were the days !

Comment by: Edna on 19th May 2021 at 08:47

This photo really takes you back to late fifties early 60s.Thanks for the memories Keith.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 19th May 2021 at 08:49

Lovely photo of two young ladies who probably worked all week in a cotton mill or a shop. Beautiful dresses nipped in at the waist rather than layers of fat hanging over jeans or leggings!

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 19th May 2021 at 09:52

I totally agree Irene !!

Comment by: Veronica on 19th May 2021 at 10:50

I agree too, and also the wearing of leggings that only emphasise hulking great rugby player legs!
In those days a small 23 inch waist cinched In with a belt was the norm.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 19th May 2021 at 11:40

Yes you're spot on Irene,they look lovely,feminine and neat.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 19th May 2021 at 11:45

I don't know the two ladies. I came across the photo and thought it was worth keeping as a classic photo of it's day. Fortunately their names were at the bottom of the photo. Looking through the 1939 Register, a census in all but name, it shows Margaret living at City Road Kitt Green and Ethel living at Swan Meadow Road Poolstock. Margaret was married at St Johns, Pemberton, in 1958.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 19th May 2021 at 13:24

Doing a little more research on Ethel it transpires that a little girl and her widowed mother were living at Ethel’s family home in Swan Meadow Road in 1939.In later life the little girl married an uncle of mine.
Ethel was married at Wigan Register Office in 1954. Foster was her third surname.

Comment by: e on 19th May 2021 at 23:27

Gentle paddle , dreamy days ,
Toes pressed softly as wet sand splays ,
Friendship memories ,
we play again ,
One sweet moment ,
and ours back then ..

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 20th May 2021 at 07:37

A short but very sweet verse 'e' .

Comment by: john on 20th May 2021 at 16:33

When girls looked like girls.

Comment by: Pete Barker on 28th May 2021 at 04:35

Bonnie looking lasses .

Comment by: Ivor Hilton on 1st June 2021 at 08:53

When I first saw this photo, I thought that it was Margaret Wright who I knew from H.A.G.S. She was was a good friend of Jean Hart (New Springs) and both were in my Maths and English Lit classes where I enjoyed some friendly rivalry with Jean for Maths grades !!
However, the dates mentioned later by Keith don't tally at all. If this is 1957, the Margaret I knew would be around 15 years old. Meaning that she was married one year later when she was 16 ?!! Hopefully Margaret sees this and can put us all right.

Comment by: Maureen on 18th June 2021 at 16:45

I just love those dresses,very feminine.

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