Looking back: Sharing memories of the Winter Gardens

Morecambe Winter Gardens.
Morecambe Winter Gardens.

Morecambe Winter Gardens has a special place in one reader’s heart.

Ernest Williams, who now lives in Sidcup, Kent, got in touch to share his memories of the resort’s popular theatre.

Ernest Williams

Ernest Williams

The 85-year-old who did two years national service, met his wife Margaret in the theatre one evening in 1948 and were together ever since.

The couple have been married for 65 years and have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

“I met Margaret in the Winter Gardens one evening and we courted from that day, she lived in Ridge Street, Lancaster so we were together quite a lot and got engaged just before my demob in May 1949,” said Mr Williams.

Ernest and Margaret were married on June 3, 1950 at the Priory Church in Lancaster.

Mr Williams said: “We visit Morecambe a few times a year to visit relations and the Winter Gardens for memories, we are life members and are close friends of Evelyn Archer.”

Mr Williams also shared a similar situation in his village after reading The Visitor’s story on Happy Mount Park gates.

Last September the great-grandfather expressed his anger over the locking of Danson Park gates, which he remembers being secured every night during the Second World War.

He said the community may expect vandalism if parks are locked all the time.

Mr Williams said: “The park is about the same area as Williamson Park in Lancaster, in my way of thinking at my age vandalism was not a problem in my day, so it prompted me to get in touch.

“What a difference would we have in today, though at my age I tend to live in the past of better days when people young and old do care of everything and everyone.”