Landmarks we loved in the ’80s
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?
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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