Here’s another great image from Syd Bird’s archives and this one is an artists impressions of the Hoylake YMCA building. Syd says that the building was originally called the Hoylake Institute.
I can’t really remember what the old YMCA building looked like but what recollections I do have are of an ugly looking building rather than the one pictured above. Many of you will have memories of the old YMCA so please do leave a comment on what you can remember of the place.
The building, on the corner of Hoyle Road and Market Street was demolished some years ago and is now retirement flats (I think). I’ve not seen it, but I think there’s a floor tile in the building that recognises that the YMCA building used to be there.
A quick google search suggests that back in 1936, Hoylake YMCA were the very first National Basketball Champions – there’s a claim to fame!
Following up last weeks photo, a few of you correctly recalled Finnigans Steak House. But I’m disappointed that nobody mentioned Finniland …Hoylake’s attempt at a theme park! Was it Mr Finnigan who attempted to create a unique theme park on land adjacent to the railway line, alongside Grosvenor Road?
I remember going through that side door of Finnigans on a few occassions for a late night drink …followed, predictably, by a sore head in the morning! You had to pay a pound I think it was for your ticket for a portion of chips. Presumably this is how such places got around the licensing restrictions in the early 90’s by making sure everyone had had food? The Grape Escape wine bar in The Row (remember that?) used to charge 75p for a slice of pizza. I never did understood why in Finnigans you had to walk through the kitchens to get to the gents toilets?