LOOKING BACK: Temperance movement to return to promenade

Picture by Graham Cass which he believes is the old temperance bar on the promenade, the building was the former pub the Whilstling Oyster.
Picture by Graham Cass which he believes is the old temperance bar on the promenade, the building was the former pub the Whilstling Oyster.
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With the new Temperance Apartments and barbers set to open in Morecambe we take a look back into the non-alcoholic movement which spawned its name.

The temperance movement, which involved abstaining from alcohol, was popularised in Britain in the 19th century.

According to the Telegraph, one of the first men to generate mass interest in the movement was Joseph Livesey, a local politician and newspaper owner in Preston in the 1830s.

The Telegraph said the movement attracted follower John Turner who developed the phrase “teetotal.”

The movement led to the establishment of the British Association for the Promotion of Temperance in 1835.

Temperance was soon adopted by working class movements fighting for the right to vote, who hoped abstinence would earn them more respect. The bars with full licences were adopted into modern society and were common among many high streets.

According to Visit Lancashire Britain’s last original temperance bar is Fitzpatrick’s 1890, in Rawtenstall, which has been making soft drinks for the people of Rossendale and the Lancashire regions for 116 years.

Morecambe had three temperance bars, one of which was Bob Allen’s Temperance bar on Clarence Street. Run by Olive and Charlie Stott and Jack and Annie Leece the bar sold non-alcoholic drinks and also sweets and tobacco. It was sold in 1959.

l Graham Cass sent us this photograph which he believes is the old site of the former pole dancing bar and Whistling Oyster pub on the promenade. But it says Queens Hotel on the front, so we’re wondering if it’s actually the venue on the corner of Queen Street and Marine Road. If you know anything about the history of the building please contact Looking Back.