Fairgrounds have been popular in Britain since we can remember. We still love go go to the fair, but in the good old days a trip to the fairground was a real treat. We loved to hear the sounds; the children laughing and the music blasting out of speakers. We can remember the smell of the generators which sharply contrasted with the sweet aroma of candy floss and donuts. In the good old days, there was something at the fairground for everyone, whether you were knocking cans off a shelf, sliding down the Helter-Skelter, or trying not to be sick on the Waltzer. The fairground was a special treat that filled residents with anticipation and excitement once a year. Take a look at some of our best fairground photographs from our nostalgia books.
Children’s play time in the good old days was quite different to how it is today. There were no screens; no Minecraft or Pokemon Go, no Peppa Pig to keep the little ones entertained. The lucky children got one gift on their Birthday and at Christmas, and that was it – that one, lone gift was what they played with all year round. Children’s play time in the good old days required youngsters to use their imagination, to use their friends, and use the environment around them to have the best of times.
These photographs aim to remind us what life was like when the child’s favourite toy was a conker, when a child was allowed to run free until 9pm on a school night, when life was simpler, in some ways.
Holidays by the sea in the good old days were what many families spent their whole year looking forward to. It was popular to get in the car, or board a train and travel an hour or more across the country, to sit in the sun and wind on the sandy beaches, occasionally splashing in the water, ice creams at the ready. Seaside towns in England were the place to go, for families of all walks of life. In more recent years, this idea of the holiday by the sea or the ‘staycation’ has returned in popularity. Here’s some photographs from our books which summarise just why ‘holidays by the sea’ were and still are so very popular.
In our beloved good old days, summers were long, hot, sunny and joyful. We can remember long days spent at lidos and paddling pools in the town centres, ice creams in hand, suncream on our noses, toes dipped in the cold and fresh water. Those were the simple summer pleasures. These days, we’re glad to get a day or two of sun in the summer time. Sometimes, with frost on our toes and icicles rather than ice cream dripping from our noses, we can’t even tell what season it is! Surely it’s wrong to have the heating on full blast the middle of July?
However, today, for once, we have sunshine! The sky is blue, the grass is green and the sun is shining down. And it’s hot! We know it won’t last long but we’re trying to enjoy it while we can. We have our sun hats on, our sunglasses at the ready and smiles imprinted onto our faces. It would be great to have a big splashy pool to jump into…
Lidos and paddling pools, summers and splashing, ice cream and sun cream. We’ve found various lidos and paddling pool photographs from our books, for you to dip your feet into. Jump in with a splash and enjoy!
True North Books: Providing a special gift for Father’s Day.
Father’s Day is coming up very soon. It can sometimes be a struggle finding the right gift for your dad that isn’t the same gift that you get him every year.
‘Happy Father’s Day, Dad.’ You say shyly as you hand him over his yearly socks. The same socks that you get him for Father’s Day, Christmas, and his Birthday, these particular ones say each day on the week per pair. Truly exciting. He is grateful, he has to be, and it’s the thought that counts. But on this Father’s Day you want to give him a gift he is truly pleased with.
Here at True North Books we have the perfect Father’s Day gift option for those of you who want to get your dad something really special this year.
Get your dad one of our treasured nostalgia Books.
Here are are few fantastic father’s day related photographs from some of our most popular nostalgia books. Enter code: Fathers1 to receive a 10% discount on all our books.
Fantastic News, our gorgeous new Bury book is finally with us. At 12.99 only, and filled with some of the best Bury black and white photographs you’ll ever get a chance to see, this book is one for your shelf. Page after page of pure Bury nostalgia, with a section that includes the company histories of some of the most reputable and well established companies in Bury. This book is incredibly interesting and will leave you with that warm, hazy glow of nostalgia that is often so hard to retrieve.
Take a look at this photograph. This photograph is of the Bury Market Hall Fire, November, 1968. The fire in Bury which destroyed the Market Hall was the subject of many photographs, when it lit up the sky in that crisp and dark November, over 30 years ago. Misery was caused to dozens of small business owners, who saw their livelihoods go up in smoke on that winter’s night. Bury folk were sad too; after all, the market had served them well for almost 70 years, and to many it seemed like a passing of an old friend, when the news spread around the town on the following day.
We have been lucky enough to get hold of this fantastic, nostalgic poem surrounding the fire.
With many thanks to Vera Kirkby. This poem is taken from her late mother’s collection and was in the Bury Times after the fire took place.
Bury Market Hall Elegy.
A mass of twisted girders where stalls were bright and gay;
How sad we are for Bury this bleak November day.
Chocolates, biscuits, tinsel, crackers; ready for December.
Laughter round the toy stalls,and hot sweet cups of tea;
Tripe, pigs feet and trotters, now just a memory.
Glacé cherries, candied peel, fur hats and cut glass.
“Move along there! Mind your backs! Let the trolley pass”.
Queues three deep for bacon; a stall with fancy cheese.
New and old together,all trying to please.
Clothes,shoes all and slippers; aprons,wool and lace;
Lampshades, carpets, mops and buckets, creams for the face.
Daily bargains, Eccles cakes, material by the yard;
To all of who loved you, this blow is very hard.
Fresh meat, bread and frozen foods, towels and plastic ware;
Buttons, bobbins, China …EVERYTHING sold there.
Pet foods and polish. “Keys cut while you wait”.
Nothing to much trouble. What a dreadful fate!
Our tears may not help you, but we have wept for you.
Dear Bury Market. We pray you’ll pull through.
A while ago we published a post on where to visit in Yorkshire if you’re in the mood for some seriously nostalgic nostalgia. Now don’t worry Lancashire, we didn’t forget about you. We have gathered together lots and lots of places to visit in the lovely luscious land of Lancashire for our friends in Lancashire, wanting some good old Lancashire nostalgia in their life. Read on and see where you should visit in Lancashire, when you just want some reet good beltin’ nostalgia.
Bolton – Bolton, by gum Bolton. Renowned for a rich heritage which includes canals, coal, cotton, railways and famous names such as William Hesketh, Samuel Crompton and the Duke of Bridgewater, Bolton has a rich industrial history and many great sites to be enjoyed by tourists and its own habitants. With a range of memorable experiences to offer such as the Bolton Industrial Heritage Town Centre Walking Trail and the Crompton Trail, you’ll gain a much more insightful understanding of how Bolton became the place that it is today.
Oldham – Oldham is another industrial town in Lancashire, and is often rather windy! With great heritage sites such as the Gallery Oldham and the Saddleworth Museum, you can visit Oldham and leave with a greater understanding and fondness towards its history and heritage.
Manchester – Home of the industrial revolution, the computer, the football league and of course, Top of the Pops, Manchester’s heritage is pretty spectacular. Visit the Manchester Cathedral, Albert Square, and the Manchester Town Hall, hit the various old Manchester pubs and you’ve already covered about a day’s worth of Manchester nostalgia entertainment, and yes, there’s heaps more nostalgia in Manchester to enjoy. Take a look at some of the attractions in Manchester here.
Preston – Originally named ‘Priest’s Tun (farm) and home to England’s first motorway and Wallace and Gromit’s creator, Nick Park, Preston is another area in Lancashire that’s bursting with industrial history. Visit Preston’s stunning town hall or check out the Harris’ Museum and Art Gallery – you’ll be very pleasantly surprised!
Burnley – Renowned as the home of the Pendle Hill Witches and the fantastic Ian Mckellen, Burnley, although very rainy and often quite grey, has a rather colourful and quirky history. Take the Pendle Hill walk and relive the notorious pendle witch trial. Visit the Queen Street Mill Textile Museum or the Triangle Visitor Centre, where you can visit the Victorian School room, the Edwardian Bathroom and the Weaver’s Dwelling – and you can actually have a go at weaving! Lots to see, lots to learn, in the land of Burnley.
Blackpool – Famous for the Blackpool tower, its Christmas lights and the lovely seaside it offers, Blackpool is one of those places which became popular through tourism and remains popular through tourism. By 1881, Blackpool was a thriving seaside resort offering the full fun day out – piers, donkeys, candy floss. Fancy some nostalgia in Blackpool? Visit the Blackpool tower, eat fish and chips with your family among the promenade. Get cold in the sea and feel really very nostalgic about swimming in the sea in Britain in the ‘good old days’. See some more Blackpool heritage guided tours here.
Blackburn – Blackburn was once the ‘weaving capital of the world’ and is brimming with history and heritage. It now boasts festivals like the Blackburn Heritage Festival, which includes various events, that invite people to relive and revisit Blackburn’s history. Throughout the year you can enjoy various heritage trails in Blackburn and Darwen, these show off its cotton making history and enable you to take a step back into a time so long ago, visit the Anglican Cathedral and the Blackburn museum and art gallery, to be enthralled with Blackburn heritage.
Bury – Across the UK, Bury is known for its traditional market and its Bury Black Pudding Stalls. Since the new Metrolink has been developed, it has risen in popularity due to easier access from visitors far and wide. take a ride on the East Lancashire Steam Railway, visit its fantastic market and enjoy some of the lovely historical buildings in Bury while eating its unbelievably tasty black pudding, and we think you’ll leave pleasantly satisfied.