Starch, underskirts and dancing

When we went dancing, we used to wear stick out dresses. About three or four underskirts underneath. Starched they were. I used …

Love and ice creams

I left school in the April that I was 15. I shouldn’t have left until I was 16 but I got myself …

Honeymoon Horrors

We went to Blackpool for four days. It was miserable, it was awful, it was dreadful. What was? The weather? The hotel, …

scooter 1950s

Scooter Romance

  A story of love and life in Barrow 1950s “I went to Laura Adams dancing classes in the Public Hall. The …

1950s dresses

Those Dresses!

I just loved going to the Public Hall. That’s when the dates came in. Boys wore jackets like blazers and grey or …

When Harry met Sally

We all know about Harry and Sally from the movies, but what love stories began on the streets of Barrow? How many …

Dalton Road in the 1960s

Swinging Sixties

With the rise of Rock ‘n’ Roll, swinging skirts, brylceemed hair, Twisting and Shouting, Barrow’s dance halls would have witnessed many romances …

Walney Pool, Barrow 1965

Rare Hot Summer Days

Barrow isn’t known for its balmy weather but when the sun shone in the 60s, Walney baths drew the crowds. A great …

Workforce going to Vickers, 1950s Barrow

Holding hands on the bus

Most people headed to work by foot or on their bikes, but if you took the bus was there ever a chance …