Blast from the Past

Geraldine Smith.
Geraldine Smith.

Five years ago: Morecambe’s MP Geraldine Smith was renewing her campaign for a new bridge across the River Lune in the wake of flooding which brought chaos to Cumbria.

Geraldine was writing a letter to Lancashire County Council and the Regional Development Agency urging them to agree to build a third bridge as a “safety net” should flooding similar to that in Cumbria hit the area which saw six bridges destroyed.

A group of vandals ransacked Morecambe Library, causing £5,000 of damage and forcing it to close its doors to weekend gig-goers. The vandals completely destroyed two outer electric doors and smashed a large upper window in the attack. Tigers That Talked, from Leeds, and rising starlets Alessi’s Ark were due to perform at the popular Get It Loud in Libraries gig scheduled to go ahead the next day.

Ten years ago

Council tax payers would no longer able to pay their bill at Morecambe or Lancaster town halls. The city council was to close the two offices as part of the latest cost-cutting measures at the authority. As a result four members of staff were to be made redundant and a further four offered ‘reasonable alternative employment’ where possible. A report admitted that the closures would ‘disadvantage’ residents.

The first part of a study to put Carnforth “firmly into the 21st century” got underway. Architects had been chosen to carry out an urban design study to put together a master plan for the town. Their brief was to ‘flash out’ Carnforth’s existing action plan, put together as part of the Market Towns initiative, looking at some of the key issues affecting the town. The first of those was Carnforth’s traffic problems.

Twenty years ago

It was reported the city council could be poised to scrap Crinkley Bottom less than four months after the launch of the resort’s most ambitious tourism venture in decades. A special council meeting had been arranged. But the Visitor understood the Mr Blobby dream was about to explode, and with it the loss of 72 jobs. A crucial report was believed to leave the council with little option but to cut their losses and run.

Potential buyers had already shown an interest in the Empress old people’s home which was due to close. A spokesman for LCC confirmed the red brick building on the promenade would go on the market and could be developed as a hotel or reopened as a private home once sold. But as the 13 residents packed up and moved to the recently renovated Craggs Home, Bare, 19 day care places were lost.