Many thanks to Ian Powers who has sent in two great photos related to the Sandhey slipway, which is the slipway just past the Meols end of the Parade Gardens. The above photo shows a fresh fish seller and Ian says:
…a photo of Sandhey Slipway with a fish seller selling whatever the local fishing boats brought in. When the Nobbies came in there were a number of fish sellers selling fish to local residents. Usually bottom feeding fish, plaice, garvin as I remember, and of course shrimps. I certainly remember that in the 50s one seller, May Hughes filled an old pram with fish and would walk round the streets shouting at the top of her voice.
I am not sure when the photo was taken, but guess at late 40s early 50s as I think my Uncle Harry is in the background.
The second photo below (credit to J E Marsh & Sons, The Studio, Market Street.) shows workmen repairing the retaining sea wall.
Does anyone remember the day the Promenade collapsed?
In the late 50s the word went round that the Promenade had collapsed between Firshaw Road and Roman Road. Everyone raced down to the Prom to see the council workmen laying sandbags in what was an almost semi circular hole which almost reached the roadway. I guess high tides were the main cause. A Dutch company, Land and Marine were contracted to fix the breach. Their first action was to create a dam of interlocked steal piling to keep out the tide. The crane driver was certainly Dutch and he was very grateful for the gift of some Eels which a rod and line fisherman caught during one of the tides.
Steel shuttering was erected and the sandstone blocks of the original wall were replaced with a smooth concrete section (probably still visible!). I used to go down regularly after school at The Parade, and got to know the guys quite well. They all clubbed together and bought me a photo of the works.
I didn’t become a civil engineer, but my interest in holes in the ground eventually led to me helping fix the Leaning Tower of Pisa! (Honest!)
How about you – did you buy fresh fish at the Sandhey slipway? What do you remember of these wall repairs? As always it’d be great to hear from you in the comments below!