Memories of Clitheroe’s own ‘Little Blackpool’

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As an amateur film-maker and a member of Ribble Valley Movie Makers, I am looking to make a short documentary film about Edisford.

My research in Clitheroe Library revealed plenty of information about the bridge, but nothing about the Edisford I remembered as a kid.

In the summertime hundreds of folk flocked to the riverside to paddle, swim, sunbath or just socialise.

You could park the car right on the river’s edge, free of charge.

You could buy a jug of tea with as many cups as you required or a bottle of pop for the kids. A sandwich, bag of crisps or an ice cream was also on the menu.

Little Blackpool we called it. It was great.

In later years a proper cafe was built. There was a putting green alongside a small gauge railway giving rides to young and old.

Swings and climbing frame are all part of the entertainment.

In the early 1900s Brungerley had similar attractions and there are hundreds of photographs of people enjoying themselves.

The library has lots of them, but would you believe it there is not one of Edisford showing the townsfolk of Clitheroe enjoying themselves.

Are there any readers who are willing to share with me and the library photo’s, film, or anything to record the passing of time at such a magical place for both young and old?

Gordon Taylor,

Clitheroe