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Southport Pleasureland, The Fun house – Its final laughs

July 10th, 2016 in News, Past

Southport Pleasureland. The Fun house – Its final laughs Ever since Southport Pleasureland closed back on September 5th 2006 the fun house has stayed open honouring parties and bookings that were made when the park was in operation. Unfortunately this all came to an end on the 31st March 2007 when the fun house held its final… Read more »


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WATCH: The failed crazy exit from Southport Car Park

April 16th, 2016 in News, Past

Southport Past In April 2008 a driver thought they would able to get out of a car park on West Street via a ramp made of wooden pallets. Credit Paul Gingell Did you witness this crazy stunt? Have you got a video to share?   Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) SOUTHPORT GASHOLDER (1960 – 2009)

December 26th, 2015 in News, Past

Southport Past (OTS News) SOUTHPORT GASHOLDER (1960 – 2009) THE tallest landmark on the Southport skyline was demolished in 2009. The infamous Crowland Street gasometer was gradually dismantled over 10 months after standing strong for nearly 50 years. The news came as a relief to High Park householders living in the shadow of the iconic… Read more »


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Southport Past: Zebra Square night club (2003)

October 4th, 2015 in News, Past

Southport Past: When ZEBRA SQUARE opened 2003 The eagerly awaited Twice as Nice, Sexy & Stylish ZEBRA SQUARE opened for VIP’s on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th November 2003 and then to the general public on Friday 21st November 2003 at 4 Coronation walk, Off Lord Street. Below are “ON THE SPOT’S” Zebra Square nightclub photographs from… Read more »


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Photographs From Inside The Former Toad Hall Night Club In Ainsdale

July 27th, 2015 in News, Past

      Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Twitter  www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it… Read more »


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Gerrard & Adams put Warehouse up for sale as they invest in Liverpool venture

Warehouse Restaurant up for Sale   Paul said: “It was a tough decision to make to sell and I have many happy memories of my years at The Warehouse. In business you have to make decisions and sometimes tough decisions. I feel very strongly that the person/people who take over from me will share the same passion… Read more »


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VIDEO: A little bit about The Cheshire Lines Pub in King Street Southport

April 4th, 2015 in News, Past

The Cheshire Lines Pub in King Street is the oldest Pub in Southport Town centre it was originally called The Cross Keys Inn, dating back to 1817, the building behind the Cheshire Lines was called The Horse & Jockey, it changed its name to The Cheshire Lines around 1890. The The ‘Chesh’ is considered to… Read more »


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VIDEO: Wayfarers Shopping Arcade Is A Southport Family Business

February 27th, 2015 in News, Past

By: Tom Duffy Most shopping arcades or centres are owned by financial institutions or large property companies, and can be quite remote from their tenant shops and the customers who visit the Arcade. This is very definitely not the case with the Wayfarers Shopping Arcade, as it is owned by a family business, now in… Read more »


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Andrew Ridgeley of ‘Wham’ in Southport

January 26th, 2015 in Past

Andrew Ridgeley of the 80’s pop group ‘Wham’ visited Southport over the weekend and was photographed leaving the Vincent hotel this morning (Monday 6th April 2009). Yesterday he watched Man United beat Aston Villa 3-2 at Old Trafford. The keen 13 handicap golfer will be playing a round of golf on a local course before… Read more »


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VIDEO: How Southport Marine Lake Has Changed

January 22nd, 2015 in Past, Uncategorized

BELOW: Marine Lake Bridge BELOW: Looking North from Marine Lake Bridge BELOW: Three Bridges of Marine Lake Below is aerial footage taken from summer 2014 Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 or 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Instagram www.instagram.com/otsnews


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Norwood Road School Reunion (Friday 17th April 2015)

January 12th, 2015 in News, Notices, Past

A school reunion is to take place on Friday 17th April 2015 for the class of 1968 Norwood Road School leavers.  The group last got together in 2002 when many came from overseas just to be reunited with old class mates. This year’s venue to be confirmed. Watch this space for updates etc …………………………………………………………………………………………………… Norwood Road School… Read more »


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Help name these High Parkers Southport

September 15th, 2014 in Past

High Parkers Southport Does anyone remember these faces from High Park, Southport? Photo taken about 1970? Left to right: Barry Burton, don’t know, don’t know, Gordon Burton Snr,  Chris Ladel, Mr Charnock FOR MORE SOUTHPORT PAST PHOTOGRAPHS HIT THE PAST TAB IN THE MAIN OTS NEWS NAVIGATION BAR Click: http://www.otsnews.co.uk/past/ Submit News Contact us with your… Read more »


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SOUTHPORT’S GENTLEMEN OF ROCK’N’ROLL EVENING

July 8th, 2014 in News, Past

SOUTHPORT’S GENTLEMEN OF ROCK’N’ROLL EVENING The fine Art Deco building which houses the Municipal Golf Club Café played host to the second annual meeting of ‘Southport’s Gentlemen of Rock’n’Roll’, organised by Alexander Paton. D.J. Martin Hawkins impressed the guests by capturing the images of the artistes on a large TV screen as he played records… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Retired Southport Police Sergeant Winn

May 30th, 2014 in Past

Retired Southport Police Sergeant Winn Onthespot reporter bumped into retired Southport Police Constable PC Winn on Friday 30th May 2014. The 83-year-old is fit and well and enjoying his retirement. He is still active and enjoys gardening and sports. He takes this opportunity to wish all his former colleagues good health and happiness. Submit News Contact… Read more »


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Never seen before images of Liverpool taken during the WW2 blitz

May 6th, 2014 in News, Past

Never seen before images of Liverpool taken during the WW2 blitz, have been uncovered by Merseyside Police. These photos can be seen now in the following videos and photographs below: The negatives, found in a dusty envelope at Merseyside Police Headquarters, were taken as a record of bomb damage by the then Liverpool City Police…. Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Arthur Woodhead Famous Army Stores

March 6th, 2014 in Past

Does anyone remember Arthur Woodhead from the Famous Army Stores Southport? Does anyone remember Arthur Woodhead who worked in the Famous Army Stores in Tulketh Street and later Eastbank Street, Southport during the 1960’s to 1980’s? Well the 85-year-old is alive and kicking! Arthur would just like to say a big hello to all his… Read more »


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Old video of The Beatles at Southport Floral Hall 1962

January 5th, 2014 in News, Past

Old video of The Beatles at Southport Floral Hall 1962 An old video of The Beatles has been uploaded to youtube. This was one of The Beatles’ final appearances at Southport Floral Hall. It took place on the day it was announced that The Beatles had been invited to appear on the Royal Command Performance…. Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) ‘Harry Boyle’ Footballer – Coach – Poet

December 5th, 2013 in Past

Born in Glasgow, Harry Boyle came to England in 1930 aged 6 and as a young man made his first football impact when he joined Manchester United playing for one full season (1946/47) in the North Eastern League with Merton Colliery. They contacted him to sign fulltime professional the day after he signed for Southport… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Electric Lizzie from Forest Road Southport

November 6th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) Electric Lizzie from Forest Road Southport Local author Ron Ellis remembers Electric Lizzie from when he was a kid. From age 12-17 he lived at his auntie’s shop in Forest Road, Southport next door to Booths the grocers on the corner and St Lukes Taxis and Blanche hairdressers on the other… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Memoirs of a Real Life Bomb Disposal Expert Captain Henry Beckingham from Southport

October 8th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) Memoirs of a Real Life Bomb Disposal Expert Captain Henry Beckingham from Southport Memoirs of a Real Life Bomb Disposal Expert from Southport Captain Henry Beckingham TD.RE  was eighty five years-old (in 2004). He lived in Birkdale and wrote a book for the “German Occupation Museum” about the part he played in the British Army… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) The Builders Supply Eastbourne Road Southport

September 29th, 2013 in News, Past

Southport Past (OTS News) The Builders Supply Eastbourne Road Southport The Builders Supply on Eastbourne Road, Southport, was knocked down on 12th January 2002 to make way for new houses. After the builders supply closed down in the 80’s the premises was used for different business, once a bath showroom and later The Tile Wizzard Company…. Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Southport Fire Station 1862 – 2013

September 24th, 2013 in News, Past

Southport Past (OTS News) Southport Fire Station 1862-2013 Southport Fire Station  A Brief History   1862 – 2004   By: Station Officer Phil Wakefield In The Beginning   Quote from a newspaper report in 1845.   “on 28th September, fire broke out on the Promenade and as the town has no fire brigade, a horse man… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) John Duncans tobacconists and gift shop 1985-2013

September 23rd, 2013 in News, Past

Southport Past (OTS News) John Duncans tobacconists and gift shop 1985-2013 Lord Street tobacconists and gift shop John Duncan’s closed its doors for the last time on Saturday 21st September 2013. Three generations of the Duncan family worked in the Lord Street tobacconists and gift shop John Duncan, died in 2004 so his wife Diane… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) War Time Theatre plays in Southport

September 20th, 2013 in News, Past

Southport Past (OTS News) War Time Theatre plays in Southport OTS News.co.uk has come across these war time photographs taken in Southport in 1942. Its a stage play but can you shed any light where the photographs were taken? Some suggest it was at Southport Little Theatre (Southport Dramatic Club) but they only presented 3… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Home to Hartley Jam Producers Oxford Road Southport

September 18th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) Home to Hartley Jam Producers Oxford Road Southport In 2003 an application was put forward to demolish two houses in Birkdale. No 11, Oxford Road, a splendid Victorian property once owned by the Hartley family (famous jam producers). The family also had connections with Southport maternity hospital. The other house next door was a corner… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Southport Zoo 1967-2004

September 17th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) Southport Zoo 1967-2004 Southport Zoo was a 6-acre zoological garden in Southport, Merseyside. World famous Southport Zoo finally closed it’s doors for the final time on Friday 23rd July 2004. Owners Doug and Carol Petrie spent the last thirty five years building up a varied collection of animals all living in… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Circus Parade Lord Street 1960’s

September 17th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) Circus Parade Lord Street 1960’s The circus parade often came to sunny Southport up until about 1960. Elephants, zebras, horses and many other animals would parade throughout Southport town centre during the summer months. Please email in your old photographs of Southport to [email protected] Submit News  Contact us with your community,… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Radio Yellow Top Taxis 1959

September 17th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) Radio Yellow Top Taxis 1959 Radio Yellow Top Taxi firm started in 1959 with seven cabs and quickly grew to 14.    In 2013 they have around 50. The office started out on Hoghton Street, then moved to Lord Street and in 1985 moved to where they are now on Sussex Road,… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Peaceheaven Care Home Staff 1970

September 15th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) Peaceheaven Staff 1970 Pictured above is a happy bunch of staff from Peaceheaven Care Home in Roe Lane, Southport (1970) Staff know are l-r Barbara Wall, Barbara Rodwell, Ireleen Chisenall, unknown, unknown, Nellie Jagger Please email in your old photographs of Southport to [email protected] Submit News    Contact us with your… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Southport Ladies Football Team 1970

September 15th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) Southport Ladies Football Team 1970 Pictured above is Southport Ladies Football Team in 1970 Players know to date are front row l-r  unknown, Tina Hind, Shirley Rodwell, Kay Seddon Please email in your old photographs of Southport to [email protected] Submit News    Contact us with your community, business or sport news…. Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) Its a Knockout 1975 Sea Bathing Lake

September 15th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) Its a Knockout 1975 Sea Bathing Lake OTS News.co.uk is asking people to submit any photographs or information they may have about the ‘Its a Knockout 1975 Southport Sea Bathing Lake’ event. Please email photographs and info to [email protected] Pictured are some photographs from Southport ‘Its a Knockout team” Do you… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) The Round House Waterloo Road Southport

September 6th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) The Round House Waterloo Road Southport Southport’s round house was put on the market by its owner Bob Holmes in 2005.  This unique house occupies a prime position on Waterloo Road, Birkdale being well placed for both Hillside and Birkdale Villages and numerous championship standard golf links. Local Estate Agents Brian… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) ABC Cinema Southport Last day 2003

September 4th, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) ABC Cinema Southport Last day 2003 The ABC Cinema on Lord Street Closed it’s door’s for the final time on the 5th January 2003. Staff and ex staff members dressed up in fancy dress for the occasion.   Staff waved farewell to the public from the ABC Cinema roof balcony  … Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) The Old Smithy Churchtown Southport

September 3rd, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) The Old Smithy Churchtown Southport The Old Smithy in Churchtown is over 200 years old. Ray Tudor worked the Smithy for 25 years up until 2001. ABOVE: Ray Tudor 2001 In 2012 George Thearns & son (Gates Gates Gates) took over the building and continues the tradition of metalworking in the heart… Read more »


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Southport Past (OTS News) The Regal/ ABC cinema Southport

September 3rd, 2013 in Past

Southport Past (OTS News) The Regal/ ABC cinema Southport The Regal on Lord Street Southport which later became the ABC cinema. Also pictured is the stage viewed from the upstairs balcony. Please email in your old photographs of Southport to [email protected] Submit News   Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137… Read more »


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