Here’s a great old photo – not of a lost volcano but of Market Street, outside the old Kingsway Cinema (and now Home Bargains). Thanks to Hoylake Photographic Society for allowing me to republish it.
I am dating this photo as summer 1950. The advertised film Bomba & The Lost Volcano was released in 1950 according the the British Film Institute (see here) and starred some chap called Johnny Sheffield. Summer because it looks like it was nice sunny day and the little boy or girl looks to have a summer outfit on.
In the left of the photo must be the Blue Anchor pub? I’m not sure, but that building isn’t there (nor the adjacent Watsons store) anymore and there’s a ships anchor hanging outside. To the right of Watson’s is currently the fish mongers and then the 3 Sisters grocers. What was Watsons then?
Was that an old Woolworths in what is now the empty Jon David shop? The people sitting on the bench on the right are in front of what is now Hoylake Library. Oh, I like the old bus stop sign.
Great stuff 🙂