Blast from the Past

Globe Arena.
Globe Arena.

Five years ago: The name of Morecambe FC’s new ground was to be announced after the club signed what directors were calling an “unbelievable deal”.

The naming rights to the new Westgate stadium had been sold in a five-year quarter of a million pound deal with a major company. The Shrimps also intended to pay homage to J B Christie, the club’s original benefactor, by naming the main road into the new stadium Christie Way.

TV antiques expert David Dickinson would be giving advice and filming his latest show in the area in the New Year. ‘Perma-tanned’ David, who presents Dickinson’s Real Deal, was travelling around the country looking for some more “bobby dazzlers” brought in by members of the public. Filming was to take place at Salt Ayre Sports Centre. Last time the show came to Lancashire dealers paid £400 for a Creamware teapot.

Ten years ago

Brave, determined and very special children were honoured at a glittering event. The Kids of Courage 2004 ceremony at the Dome saw 15 children collect awards and gifts from their own ‘wish-lists’. Organised by Jessops Estate Agents, it was intended to present only 12 awards, but the stories of courage, determination and heartbreak about the very special children were so humbling it ended up with 15.

A friendly yet unwanted dog from Lancaster’s Animal Care sanctuary was to make a special Christmas appeal on GMTV. Travis, an affectionate collie-cross, had been at the sanctuary for nearly three years and he desperately needed a good home. He was to be featured on GMTV tackling an agility course with the sanctuary’s assistant manager, and the manager was to be interviewed by the reporter from GMTV.

Twenty years ago

The future of the western bypass proposal was thrown into doubt following the Government’s U-turn on its road building programme. The transport Secretary had ordered a fresh look at 270 schemes already in the pipeline. The move followed warnings from Government advisers that far from easing congestion, new roads added to it. Stage one of the bypass was already open between Morecambe Road and Heysham.

Heartbreak corner at the Royal Mail delivery office in Morecambe was the place where disintegrating Christmas parcels were sent. It was a sad festive season sight. But it was not really surprising that toys destined for excited youngsters were sometimes diverted to heartbreak corner. The men and women responsible for getting the mail through were well used to dealing with the most unlikely looking parcel remnants.