New Brighton, Wirral, Merseyside
Along the Beach at New Brighton
- Chilling out
In answer to 'ANON' at the top of page 3, yes I remember 'THE
WITCHES CAULDRON' it was approached down a staircase the ceiling of which was
made to look like rock giving the impression that you were entering a cave. I
sang Da Do Ron Ron there as singer in 'THE G MEN' we changed the words to suit a
bloke singing to a girl. A hit for The Crystals June 8th. 1963. Allan Halliday,
from Moreton, played base guitar and later played with 'THE ODYSSEY' featuring
Solomon King's ( She Wares My Ring ) keyboard player who's name escapes me.
Incidentally, Allan Halliday was better known as H and years
later I met up with The Odyssey when I was lead singer with 'The New Design' a
four piece band with Syd Colvyn on lead, Ian ? on base and Steve Mailley on
drums. We played often at the Tivoli night club before it was gutted by fire
around 1970. We were well known in many venues around Merseyside, even did a gig
on The Royal Iris ferry boat.
Ian Gordon was the drummer ! Denny Hunt.
I lived in New Brighton (Dudley Road) from 1946 to
1964 when we emigrated to Canada. Leaving at the peak of Beatlemania, we thought
Ottawa was do DEAD, so we promptly returned for Christmas! Favourite hangout were
the Kraal (sneaking next door to the Grand for a pint) and the Derby pool - good
luck finding a spot to put your towel! Also, does anyone remember the Witches
Cauldron, near the Hotel Vic? It was right at the bottom of my street and a
group I hung out with played there. New Brighton was a good place to be as a kid
in the 50's & 60's for sure. Anon
I've really enjoyed finding this site. I was born
in Liscard in 1948 and lived locally until going to sea in the Merchant Navy in
1964 and then joining the RN in 1968. I remember with fondness the Wellington
Inn for a few on a Saturday before getting the bus to NB and finally ending up
in the Crackers. I recall watching the 1966 Cup Final in there and being upset
that Everton came back from being 2-nil down! I visited and stayed in NB in
March with my son who'd accompanied me to watch Liverpool v Portsmouth - he
enjoyed his trip to my birthplace. I sincerely hope the redevelopment doesn't
spoil NB - the place and the people deserve something great.
I was born in 1939 and lived in Aigburth,
Liverpool. We we not very well off, and our Summer Holidays consisted of
one day out to Southport by train, and one day trip to New Brighton on the
ferry. We used to look forward so much to these outings. We used to
have a few rides on the fair - not many because money was tight. I
remember a roundabout with (to me) enormous horses which just went round, not up
and down. My mother insisted on going on with me, in case I fell
off. She got dizzy halfway through the ride and insisted on the man
stopping it so she could get off. I was mortified!
The day I remember most was when we had just
arrived and gone onto the beach, or "the shore" as we called it. My
brother went running off, slipped on the rocks, and fell into a pool, soaking
all his clothes. We were promptly marched back to the ferry and off home,
in case he "caught his death of cold". Of course, clothes were all wool
and cotton in those days, and took ages to dry. I can still remember
the anguish of our special day out being snatched away from us. We were
Does anyone remember the old Reaction records on Victoria road. I can't
remember the year it closed down but it was going in the 1980s?
i lived in windsor street, new brighton from 1967 till
1985,reaction records was at the top on corner of victoria road, it later moved
to further down victoria road, it closed in the early 80,s,it was the best
record shop around, I bought & exchanged some great albums in reaction, the best
record shop in the world, ever! Anon
I was a boy in Wallasey during the fifties and
early sixties, attending Manor Road school, my earliest memory of New Brighton
was the yanks from Burtonwood and how easily they were parted from their money,
we kids would work the prom, telling our American chums that we had lost our bus
fare and could they help, they responded with huge generosity, generally
yielding at least a tanner, and even on the occasions when you tapped the same
yank twice, it would be be a source of good humour. Another scam was to harass
them when they sat in the shelters by Vale Park, anxious to get on with their
courting, they would give you a bob to get lost. As my teens set in, Saturday
night became a ritual, starting with about 3 pints of almost undrinkable
brown over bitter in the Wellie at Liscard, thence by 14 bus to "Newbie", with
first port of call the Ferry, followed by the Ship and Criterion, and then the
night was concluded with a visit to what I can only describe as a drinking den
which I think was in Egerton St, called the Crackers Club, followed in the early
hours with an orderly walk home along Seabank Rd, not causing any problems to
police or fellow citizens alike. I am sorry about New Brighton's decline, but
having lived in Weston Super Mare and witnessed the same process, I think those
of us with memories should recognise them for what they are, a part of the
history of seaside resorts that are the like of which we will never see
There always will be a hardcore of local residents
who do not want any new development but I am sure if a new plan could be found
which the majority of residents are happy with then New Brighton could move
forward and at the same time recapture some if it's glory days.
Sure all seaside resorts have been in decline for the past thirty years but
there can't be that many that have declined to extent New Brighton has.
Development on a small scale will not have it competing with Blackpool or
Southport again but at least it will give the town something to offer and
hopefully bring back some pride in the town as well.
I live a 5 min walk from New Brighton, it has
slowly started to retain its former glory, it is gradually attracting more
visitors to the area, there is a new bowling and laser quest complex.
I don't think the marine lake should be developed,
there are so many shopping centres and cinemas already by all means have new
shops and tidy up the area but don't get rid of something that is so Individual
as the Marine lake. Don't turn it into just another shopping complex we
have Liverpool Birkenhead, Cheshire oaks and lots more. "we've seen this before"
Entirely agree :-) Icarus
I lived in Wallasey from the late forties to the
sixties, reading the
comments from other people brought back a lot of happy memories.
Hi Folks, I am 64 now and lived in Liverpool until
I was 23, I have many happy memories of New Brighton. As school kids we
used to get to the Liverpool Pier Head, then the Ferry across to Seacombe and
walk to New Brighton. This meant that we had more money to spend on the fair.
Our favourite ride was the "Figure of Eight" A visit to the Wax works was not to
be missed especially the chamber of horrors. I still remember falling into the
children's boating lake with all my clothes on. Catching crabs under the pier
etc. In the early 60s I was in the band called "Karl
Terry and the Cruisers". We played at the Tower Ballroom on many occasions.
This was always followed by fish and chips from a chippy near the bus station.
Recently my wife and I attended The Floral Pavilion to see James Burton, Great
guitarist and on another visit Bill Wyman and his band. Whenever possible,
we stay at Dunsandles Guest House and have a fabulous view of the Mersey Estuary
from our bedroom window. I only have happy memories of New Brighton and I hope
that other people can say the same. Best wishes to New
Brighton from Gerry and Margaret C
Early Sunday mornings sometime in the misty sixties
we would set off from West Derby in Liverpool and walked all the way to the Pier
Head, catch the ferry to Seacombe and walk right along the prom into New
Brighton. Very rarely there was a ferry straight to New Brighton on the Royal
Iris which had a small dance floor and remember sliding across it to see how far
we could go. Icarus at Y2U
We visited New Brighton from Dudley, West Midlands.
It was a really nice seaside town Anon
I am a musicologist researching the concerts at New
Brighton Tower in the late 1890s. The programme notes for most of these concerts
do not survive, but if anyone has copies, I would be happy to purchase
photocopies. Ditto old postcards and photos. If anyone can remember stories from
past family members attending these concerts, I'd also love to hear from you. My
Great site loved reading all the comments about New
Brighton I was born and grew up there only left because of my husbands work. I
can remember a coffee bar in Victoria Road called Weavers that was in the
sixties also the great nights at the tower with all the rock groups fabulous
nights out then there was the Kraal as well there was always somewhere to go u
never got bored! As the saying goes U had to be there! New Brighton will always
be special hope someone does a sympathetic change when the planners move in.
I too have many many fond memories of New Brighton.
Born there in the early 50's,I remember all the landmarks, which sadly are no
longer there; The Tower fairground and the open air swimming baths being 4 me
the most memorable. It would be marvellous to see some 'cine' footage of those
days in the 50's & 60's. ANON
Great site, I was born and brought up in New
Brighton and live in Brighton, Sussex now. I suppose because I still have the
sea and a busy promenade on the doorstep I don't miss the old Egremont Prom so
much. They were good old days 50/60's in New Brighton and Wallasey, the place
was bustling on the weekends and we teenagers felt we were at the centre of a
music revolution, from folk and skittle to the
(remember them). We used to catch the bus and get down to the Kraal Club most
Friday nights, sneak into the Grand next door for the illegal bevi, New Brighton
Rugby Club dances, Derby and New Brighton pools etc. Its so great to read all
the other good memories of hols and days out from L'pool. Still we can't turn
the clock back. I just hope the new development is in keeping with the other
buildings etc. a big concrete supermarket on the Marine Lake would be obscene.
excellent website, all those memories....
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