Upcoming Talk - April 2023
7.30pm at Harwood Methodist Church, Longsight
Thursday 27th April 2023
Speaker: Shirley Matthews
From the beginning of the railways and other transportation, we will look at how Blackpool became such a hit for visitors in its hey day, taking us through to the 1960s.
Shirley is the granddaughter of Charles Allen Clarke (Teddy Ashton) 1863-1935, who was the subject of our talk in November 2021. She provides talks on her grandfather’s life in Bolton and Blackpool, and is author of the book ‘Milltown Mischief’, which is based on her grandfather’s experiences as a child working in the cotton mills of Bolton. Shirley is also Vice Chair of The Friends of Little Marton Windmill in Blackpool (which is dedicated to her grandfather), and is an affiliated Heritage Tour Guide for Blackpool, taking visitors on guided tours of The Tower, Stanley Park, Promenade and Heritage Tram Depot.