Blast From The Past

Noel Edmonds gives his creation 'Mr Blobby' a hug during the opening of Crinkley Bottom at Happy Mount Park in Morecambe in 1994.
Noel Edmonds gives his creation 'Mr Blobby' a hug during the opening of Crinkley Bottom at Happy Mount Park in Morecambe in 1994.
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Five years ago: Retired residents of a caravan site at Heysham who had been notified that they had to upgrade or leave by November said they were devastated by the news.

The owners of 14 caravans at Hawthorne Caravan Site near Middleton Towers, Heysham, could have to leave by that date or pay up to £30,000 to upgrade to newer vans. They said that when they bought their vans they were told the vans had no time limit.

A dip in the number of suspected swine flu cases had been reported. NHS North Lancashire had seen a 45 per cent drop in the number of flu friends who had collected the swine flu medication Tamiflu from its anti-viral collection points. Health experts said the drop had echoed a national reduction in cases. They also commended the steps local residents had taken to stem the spread of the virus through good hygiene.

Ten years ago

Smokers would soon be shown the red card from gigs and events in council-run venues. The authority was looking at the possibility of banning smoking in all of its buildings. The proposed list included the Dome and Platform in Morecambe, Lancaster Market and the Ashton Hall. A scheme aimed to get people and organisations working together to increase the number of places that were 100 per cent smoke-free.

Members of the local fishing industry were up in arms about cockle-dredging plans which they said would decimate the Morecambe Bay Fishery. It was the latest blow for local cocklers who had witnessed virtual anarchy on the bay with people taking even the smallest cockles – a practice forbidden by law. Local fishermen said the last time dredging was allowed at Middleton Sands the beds took 10 years to recover.

Twenty years ago

The City Council leader took on the Crinkley Bottom critics insisting the attraction was good value for money. But, as admission charges were slashed, he admitted it could be better and promised more attractions would be incorporated the following year. It was claimed some people had been unfair in their expectations. The new cheaper pricing structure was £2.50 adults and £1.50 for children.

Morecambe’s Stone Jetty was to become a massive children’s playground as well as a key feature in the resort’s sea defences. A series of pioneering games, including bird tracing and tongue twisters, were to be carved into the jetty surface. The £4.7 million contract to strengthen and extend the jetty to almost double its length was just over half way through and well on course to be completed by April 1995.