Geoffs Life After Work !

Life is just beginning

BLACKPOOL 2 revisited

Now we have arrived in my home town the memories are flooding back !! Being 1 of 7 money was hard to come by and we had our little quirks that would make me and friends of the day a little pocket money. Saturdays we would rock up to Coach and Railway stations with our home made trolleys or old prams and greet incoming holidaymakers with a cheery Carry Your Bags Sir? (before cars inundated the town) We would load our trolleys with heavy suitcases and take them to the local B&Bs (this was on Saturdays only,which for some reason holidaymakers came and went on a Saturday) of course we all had paper rounds to well the coffers.In the amusement arcades a popular machine had a glass frontage ,handle at the side that fired a ball around the inside spiral and cost a penny to operate.With an old hacksaw blade we could manipulate the wooden box where the coins landed and scoop the pennies out !!) We also assisted in running Donkeys on the beach and occasionally secreted the odd sixpenny piece in our hidden pockets !! My young life seemed to be around the arcades and beach front and I am fortunate enough to have had a great growing up period !!


June 30, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I used to be a “Carry Your Bag Sir” boy back in the late 40’s early 50’s used to know who’s wakes week it was and who was coming from where.Whole towns would descend on Blackpool for their annual holidays, as well there were the scottish weeks as well. We knew the time of when buses would arrive at the Colliseum, Rigby rd bus stations as well as train times at North
    and South Station. We were hated by the Taxi drivers and the Hansom cab drivers as they thought we were depriving them of trade. on a good day could make 10 pound or more. Also worked part time in Lees bakery in Vicarage Lane Marton, did
    a paper round and during summer schools hols worked in Greenhouse in skiddaw Lane, marton. another money earner
    was collecting empty bottles of beach for the sixpence deposit on return. Great days and happy childhood.

    John McCOY Tauranga New Zealand

    Comment by John McCOY | December 12, 2012 | Reply

    • Yes Happy days right enough John,altho I don,t know you, methinks our paths must have crossed as we both had a mind for making money !! I am from North Blackpool By the old brewery on Talbot rd (Greenhill)

      Comment by Luxxie;s Travels | December 12, 2012 | Reply

  2. Used to live in Colwyn Avenue Marton.went to Baines Primary Marton and Baines Grammar Poulton le fylde.Used to go to
    Bloomfield Road in the 50,s when the could get gates of nearly 40000 also used to work as a barker on the Pleasure
    Beach. The good old days when Blackpool was a family resort.

    Comment by John McCOY | February 1, 2013 | Reply

    • yes they certainly were the good ole days John I served my time as a welder at Marton Forge Bk Lomond Ave starting in 1960 when I left school!

      Comment by Luxxie;s Travels | February 1, 2013 | Reply

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