Looking back: Morecambe is a fabulous place to grow up

Super Swimming Stadium
Super Swimming Stadium

Memories of the town have been brought to life through the eyes of one Morecambrian who remembers the resort in its heyday.

From practising being in the air raid shelter to seeing Julie Andrews at the Alhambra Theatre Mrs Bewley remembers it all.

The Midland Hotel, Morecambe, picture byJake Marc Russell.

The Midland Hotel, Morecambe, picture byJake Marc Russell.

Mrs Bewley, who was born in September 1936, has many happy memories of her home town.

The 1940s was a hard but exciting time for the town - pre and post-war period.

Mrs Bewley recalls the blackout and the time when her school, in Euston Road, would have air raid practice with gas masks.

“It was in the school playground, where we played as kids, I was aged about seven, we had air raid practice which I hated!”

The 1940s was also a time when stars like Anne Shelton and Richard Tauber took to the Winter Gardens stage.

Mrs Bewley said: “I would go with my grandparents every week to see the shows.

“The theatres were closed in London so the big stars came to Morecambe and Blackpool.”

Whilst the Winter Gardens housed acts like Thora Hird, Jack Parnell, Lita Roza and Dennis Lotis, The Midland Hotel housed wounded servicemen from the war.

The Super Swimming 
Stadium was another 
popular attraction.

Only open in the summer, swimmers could get a pass for 15 shillings to go as many times as you wanted, otherwise it was six pence every time.

In 1949 Morecambe lit up with the illuminations coming on for the first time since the war.

“How wonderful after the blackout of the war years, the show in Happy Mount Park was magic to youngsters,” said Mrs Bewley.

The world of dance took over in the 1950s when Mrs Bewley visited the Floral Hall and the Central Pier, where she met her future husband.

“Sometimes we would alternate between the three dance halls by getting a passout.

“The Lansil annual dance (I was on the dance committee) were the first to get a big band to come to Morecambe.”

In the 1960s Mrs Bewley recalls her son, aged three-years-old, standing in front of what was the Guinness Clock but is now where the Eric Morecambe statue is.

She said: “He wanted to go and see it every day.

“He also watched the Punch and Judy show on the sands near the Clock Tower and got into trouble for going round to the back to find out where the voices were coming from.

“Morecambe was such a wonderful place to grow up.”

Do you have any memories of the resort?

If so please get in touch at visitor@jpress.co.uk