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Southport Visiter - - The Southport Of Yesterday - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @visiter

HOW did you used to get ready for nights out in the 1980s? Do you re­mem­ber when firms used to de­liver sunbeds di­rect to your home for a week so you could get that per­fect hol­i­day tan? (You could spot the homes where they were by the ul­tra-vi­o­let glow in the win­dow).

This great South­port Visiter pic­ture from No­vem­ber 27, 1981, shows a Tan-At-Home Rentals Ltd van un­load­ing a sunbed at The Prince Of Wales Ho­tel on Lord Street.

The vis­i­tors to Sunny South­port that year clearly thought their tans needed top­ping up de­spite a visit to the sea­side.

An­other fa­mil­iar sight to Sand­grounders from years gone by is the yearly cav­al­cade of taxi drivers car­ry­ing hun­dreds of chil­dren on days out in South­port.

Here they’re pic­tured pass­ing the old Turk­ish baths, which be­came Vic­to­ria Leisure, while an­other part of the build­ing be­came Palm Court and later Man­hat­tans night­club.

We also fea­ture some sport­ing pic­tures this week, in­clud­ing: Fleet­wood Hes­keth Ju­niors foot­ball team in Jan­uary, 1983, Crossens foot­ball team in the early 1980s, young swim­mers in Jan­uary, 1983, and a hockey club fundraiser in Fe­bru­ary 1984.

Do you recog­nise any­one pic­tured?

Also en­joy­ing them­selves were women at a fash­ion show at the Flo­ral Hall in Septem­ber, 1981, chil­dren at South­port YMCA in De­cem­ber, 1982 and South­port Sea Cadets in Au­gust, 1982.

Our fi­nal photo shows a group of Crossens housewives pic­tured in Septem­ber, 1982.

Were you part of this group, or do you recog­nise any­one pic­tured?

Looks like party time for these chil­dren at South­port YMCA on De­cem­ber 17, 1982

Fleet­wood Hes­keth Ju­niors foot­ball team in South­port on Jan­uary 26, 1983

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