Do you remember?
IN this week’s Memory Lane feature we are opening up the floor to readers and asking you to get in touch with your memories of the hugely popular winter sports centre, Ski Rossendale.
Our regular nostalgia contributor Peter Fisher has sent us a selection of photographs of the slope on Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall, but can you remember which year they were taken?
We have looked back into the history of Ski Rossendale, and want to hear from anyone who remembers the scenes in these pictures.
The initial plans for the ski centre were drawn up and dated November 28, 1972, and the slope finally opened in the middle of 1973 at a cost of £58,000.
In 1979 Ski Rossendale was given an injection of cash and a toboggan run was opened, but it only stayed open for one week before it was dismantled, as it was deemed far too dangerous due to several accidents.
In the 1980s all regional and many national schools took their pupils to learn to ski at the slope, and by 1981 more than 3,000 people a week were using it - this number increased to 4,300 by 1984. Also in 1984, Ski Rossendale was advertised at Euston Station in London in a bid to show there was more going on ‘north of the Watford gap’.
A mystery businessman tried to buy the slope from the council in 1986, offering £1,200,000. He was turned down, but tried his luck again in 1987 - and was rejected a second time.
In 1987 the council considered a take-over bid by a London-based company which wanted to invest £1,100,000 with a 125-year lease from the council. However the council would only offer a 25-year lease and the plans were then withdrawn.
The club house was also opened in 1987.
In 1994 there were big changes at Ski Rossendale, with a financial injection of £380,000, and the slope was transferred into a Leisure Trust portfolio to be run by the council.
From 1995 to 2010, the grounds and equipment became ‘tired’ due to a lack of investment and the slope finally closed to the public in April 2011.
The centre was then put out to tender and Ski Rossendale Social Enterprise won, opening the slope again at the end of the summer.
Our first picture of the week (top) shows Rod Hull and his emu getting a helping hand from young Steven Barnes on the slopes as BBC TV cameras were recording.
Next (above) we have a shot of Peter Nuttall, the winner of a junior race at an event held on the slopes. He can be seen wending his way down the course in the slalom competition.
Below that is a picture showing a group of youngsters ready for a ski class, and finally (left) there is a picture of a visit from ski legend Eddie the Eagle.
Do you remember what years these pictures were taken - or do you have any memories of your own to share?
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Many thanks to all our regular nostalgia contributors.