Could anyone throw any light on what happened to Jack Fearnley.
He was married to my mum's sister, Laura. When my Mum Died in
the 60's when i was 10, i seem to lose touch with them. Prior
to this i used to visit them quite often when they lived in a
house in the grounds of Belle Vue. I have been looking for info
for the last 20 years and found nothing and then i got a computer
and found this site. I do hope someone can help me.
June from Blackpool
Regarding the WaterChute/Vikingar
The latest on this classic ride is that I have heard it is REOPENING
on 2/3/02..I'll keep you posted..
Gary Radice (Liverpool, UK)
Great site, dedicated to what looked like a great park. My dad
always told me about the Speedway and the Bobs. Being a Blackpool
Pleasure Beach mad fan, I took great interst myselft to hear
the the park Water Chute was located at Belle Vue. It was re-named
the Vikingar in 1997, and was closed all the 2001 season, as
your site says. However, I have been informed by the Pleasure
Beach today that the ride will re-open for the 2002 seaon.
Good to see this classic coaster back in action!
Congratulations on an excellent website, one of the best I have
ever seen. It brought back wonderful memories of childhood visits
to Belle Vue - the zoo, the boating lake, the circus , the fireworks,
my first ever packet of crisps and the Halle under Barbirolli
I wasn't born in the Longsight area and don't know it very well
(I was born in Eccles) but my dad worked at Beyer Peacock and
my 8th birthday present - a puppy -came from a pet shop in Gorton.
However I have contacted you primarily because I noticed an address
in one of the 'Memories'. It was an entry for July 22 1999 from
Miriam Domino, in which she mentions 15 Pimlott Street. I had
a copy of my grandma's birth certificate today. She was born
at - 15 Pimlott Street and I just wondered if you had an address
for Miriam as I would love to ask her if she can tell me anything
about the house.
I was looking for information about Belle Vue and found your
excellent site. As I was reading the e-mails I came acorss one
that asked if the wax works were connected with the one in Blackpool.
Yes, Louis Tussaud was a relative to the London Tussaud's and
had opened wax works in Blackpool as well as Manchester.My mother,
Billie Holmes who is now 87 was the first mannageress at the
Wax works in 1956. In fact she had designed and made many of
the costumes that the dummies wore. As a child I can remember
spending many hours sewing sequins down the sides of Liberace's
trousers! Should any one need any more information of around
that era perhaps my mum might be able to remember.It is my mother's
birthday soon and I will down load some of the articles for her
as I'm sure she will be interested.
Congratulations on your great site which brought back many
happy memories of many visits to Belle Vue as a boy in the late
forties and early fifties.I thought you might like to have what
little information I know about Belle Vue Rangers Rugby League
Football Club as I can see no mention of them on your site. Broughton
Rangers were founder members of the Rugby Football League when
22 Rugby Union clubs broke away from the Rugby Union in 1895.After
the war,for reasons I do not know, they moved in 1946 to Belle
Vue, renaming themselves Belle Vue Rangers.They played on the
ground inside the speedway track each season until 1955 when
sadly they folded.As I remember it, they were run by a man called
Tom Speding[?Speeding] and I think he just ran out of the cash
needed to support them.Their results just after the war were
good finishing mid table or above but things slipped in the 50s
so that in the 54-55 season they finished next to bottom.They
had some fine players but often had to transfer the stars to
raise cash. I was born in Levenshulme and was taken aged 8 by
my father in 1946 to see my first game.We used to get the 92
or 89 bus from Levenshulme and then walk down Kirkmanshulme Lane
to the Longsight entrance to the ground.I saw most home games
including the visit of the famous Kiwi touring team of 1951.I
was also privileged to meet the legendary 1948 Australian touring
autographs I still have.I don't think Belle Vue got a game against
them, but a Rugby League Convention was held in a large hall
[in the Amusement Park I think]to which many famous players of
the time and of the past attended.These included most of the
great Wigan team of the day. I should be interested in any further
information that you or any of your correspondents have on this
Continue the great work!
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