Looking Back: Morecambe memories of a loving marriage

Harry McGuinness outside the Lothersdale Hotel in Morecambe.
Harry McGuinness outside the Lothersdale Hotel in Morecambe.

A devoted husband spent his wedding anniversary retracing his steps in Morecambe in memory of his beloved wife.

It would have been Harry and Brenda McGuinness’ diamond wedding anniversary on June 4.

On their wedding day in 1955 - Harry and Brenda.

On their wedding day in 1955 - Harry and Brenda.

Mr McGuinness never got to reach the 60th anniversary landmark event with his wife Brenda as she passed away from lung cancer in October last year.

The 82-year-old has not been back to Morecambe for 60 years but decided the time was right to retrace memories the couple once shared all those years ago.

The trip was an emotional journey but one Harry believed his wife would have wanted him to do.

He said: “As I am totally heartbroken I said to my family I have got to go back and it was the best thing I have ever done, it was a wonderful experience, beautiful.”

Brenda McGuinness at the Lothersdale Hotel.

Brenda McGuinness at the Lothersdale Hotel.

The Lothersdale Hotel, on Marine Road, was Mr McGuinness’s first stop and it had a nice surprise from a staff member during breakfast.

“Julie walked in and I told her it was our honeymoon and she said my grandfather looked after you here 60 years ago.

“She said I hope you don’t mind me doing this - and she brought the hotel register from 1955 and showed me the page with my Brenda’s signature on it.

“I remember that day vividly and I remember asking Brenda to sign it and I am so glad I did, I feel she is still around me.”

Harry and Brenda with their son's Tony and Gary at a wedding in 1971.

Harry and Brenda with their son's Tony and Gary at a wedding in 1971.

Mr McGuinness also visited The Midland Hotel along the promenade.

Harry and Brenda met in 1948 when Brenda was 16 years old.

They got married in Manchester on June 4, 1955. The couple have two sons, Anthony and Gary.

Mr McGuinness said: “I was the luckiest guy in the world. What you see now is what Brenda has done, she has supported me through thick and thin.”

The Lothersdale Hotel register with Brenda McGuinness's signature on.

The Lothersdale Hotel register with Brenda McGuinness's signature on.

Mr McGuinness used to own a dress shop and regularly gave his wife the latest fashions to wear, including the dress in one of the pictures from a wedding in 1971.

Brenda was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2013 and went through various forms of treatment including a stay at The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

“Everything went wrong I was looking after her at home.

“She never drank, she was shy. I realised when she had gone how much I protected her.

“The trip to Morecambe will be one I never forget.”

What The Lothersdale Hotel looks like now.

What The Lothersdale Hotel looks like now.