Blast From The Past

Sandbags.
Sandbags.

Five years ago: A town centre adult store claimed ‘sexual discrimination’ over its shop front window display.

Management at the shop, Sin-til-Late on Queen Street, asked Lancaster City Council to vary their licence so they could create a more ‘enticing’ display with ‘lingerie, hosiery, fancy dress costumes, lotions, potions and novelty items’. They said other nearby non-licensed lingerie and fancy dress shops could display such goods.

Ernie Wise wanted to break up his double act with Eric Morecambe but our Eric told him he was talking “rubbish”, it was revealed. A newly discovered handwritten letter from Ernie to Eric in 1950, in which Ernie wrote that he wanted to split the comedy partnership but remain friends, came to light as Eric’s son Gary researched a new book about the Morecambe comic. But Eric talked him out of it, and the rest is history.

Ten years ago

Millions of pounds had been spent protecting Morecambe from severe flooding by the sea. But according to a new map, the money may just as well have been spent on providing sandbags for every household. The Environment Agency published its ‘most comprehensive and easily accessible flood map system yet’. Unfortunately the ‘comprehensive’ map failed to show Morecambe’s sea defences.

Could the former Bubbles site be suitable for luxury flats and offices? Was the harbour band arena the perfect location for shops and a restaurant? Those were the questions being posed by Lancaster City Council as it launched a development brief for the central promenade. The city council was looking to lay down formal guidelines for permitted developments in the central promenade area.

Twenty years ago

It was reported priceless works of art could be brought to Morecambe as part of major celebrations for the year 2000. A campaign was to be launched to set up a unique exhibition of Turner paintings which feature the area. The paintings were scattered around the country at various art galleries and collections. Based on the prices offered for the most recent Turner paintings to be sold, they were worth millions.

Residents and councillors concerned about an accident black spot on Broadway claimed that someone would be killed unless the council provided traffic calming measures. The black spot, situated at the junction of St Andrew’s Grove and Stuart Avenue opposite, had already seen a serious accident during September and a number of other minor incidents. Residents were stepping up their campaign.