Having read the article, it brought back a lot of memories. I spent a lot of my childhood around the Winter Gardens.
Mr Benson was always on the front door and foyer in a lovely uniform of maroon with gold braiding. Two sisters were in the pay kiosk and I think they were called Lena and Netta.
There was a lady in the bar in the circle called Kitty. They were all very nice and kind to me.
My father helped a lot at the Gardens. He was the lead singer in the Warblers’ shows. His name was Stanley Maudsley.
That’s why I spent a lot of time there. I used to help with the elephants. I laid on the stage and they were trained to walk over me. I used to walk to the beach with them, to the Clock Tower, and we took them down to the tide to wash them and let them play, and then walked them to their stable for the night.
It was part of the pub in Poulton Square, in fact it’s still there.
I don’t know who was on the stage door. I didn’t find out until later my husband used to be the electrician there. I did the lights and spotlights.
Happy days – it’s a shame it all closed.