Land­marks we loved in the ’80s

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THIS week’s South­port Top 5 is set back in the heady days of the 1980s, a time when the town still boasted red and cream lamp posts and Charles Mitchell and Con­nie Creighton seemed to be en­ter­tain­ing ev­ery­where!

This week we look at five at­trac­tions that I, for one, wish we still had in 2018.

At five is the Sea Bathing Lake.

We’ve just en­joyed one of the hottest sum­mers for 50 years, imag­ine the fun if this out­door Lido was still there.

For the ben­e­fit of younger read­ers the out­door pool, which was filled with fil­tered sea wa­ter, is where Ocean Plaza is now.

There were no Golden Arches back in the day.

At four is the Botanic Gar­dens Mu­seum.

Now, this is a con­tro­ver­sial one as Sefton Coun­cil would prob­a­bly say that many of the arte­facts and ex­hibits which used to be housed here can now be found in the Atkin­son.

That’s very true, but it’s such a shame that this beau­ti­ful build­ing had to shut in the first place.

I have many a happy child­hood me­mory of vis­it­ing on a Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Al­ways ice cream at the cafe next door after­wards too!

At three, its ev­ery­one’s favourite night­club – the Kingsway.

The eight­ies were the decade of Pete Wa­ter­man and Michaela Stra­chan as the Hit­man & Her.

I know they vis­ited Palm Court, but did the Kingsway ever fea­ture?

The trade­mark cir­cu­lar sign with the chas­ing pink and blue neon light bars bring back mem­o­ries of fan­tas­tic nights out for me. Sadly now it’s a car park. At two is the Peter Pan’s Play­ground.

Long be­fore the days of Xbox and the in­ter­net, chil­dren played out­side, and there was no bet­ter place to run off some ex­cess en­ergy than at Peter Pan’s.

The play­ground and boat­ing lake were found to the left of the Ma­rine Lake.

Sure, the mod­ern day Kings Gar­dens has a su­perb kids play area – Peter Pans was a bit spe­cial though.

And at num­ber one in our look back at 1980s at­trac­tions it’s none other than the River Caves.

This le­gendary at­trac­tion was one of the high­lights of a day out at South­port Fair.

Get­ting into a boat, trav­el­ling through strange and ex­otic lands, sail around the cor­ner and you were con­fronted by a di­nosaur or prospec­tors pan­ning for gold, it was sim­ply mag­i­cal.

It’s much missed by peo­ple of all age groups.

Thank good­ness we still have the pho­tographs, and, mem­o­ries of days out at the sea­side.

So there you have it, they are my Top 5 South­port at­trac­tions dur­ing the 1980s, but do you agree?

You can fol­low me on Twit­ter @pre­sen­terneil or watch me on Cruise 1st TV chan­nel 688 on Sky Tele­vi­sion.

An­other South­port Top 5 next week.

The River Caves

South­port’s Sea Bathing Lake

Above left, what hair-dos at the Kingsway! Above, the en­trance

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