On Monday 9th October, the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, John and Geraldine Singleton met Barbara Johnson, who has visited Lytham and St Annes every year since 1933.
Her first visit was as a 6 month old baby and Barbara has never missed a visit since, even visiting during World War 2.
John and Geraldine met with Barbara who currently lives in Macclesfield, at the Chadwick Hotel in St Annes where she loves to stay, and presented her with several gifts and flowers including a free beach hut day for next summer when Barbara visits the Fylde coast again. This was very kindly gifted by Stuart Robinson who owns the beach huts but unfortunately was unable to attend today.
During their conversation Barbara talked about her fond memories of Lytham to John and Geraldine: “I danced as a child at the Lowther Pavilion and even remember when there was a cinema on Clifton Street."
“My Dad used to play tennis in Lowther Gardens when we visited whilst my mum was putting me to bed."
“I have such wonderful memories of Lytham and remember everything from visiting as a child when we stayed in Westby Street and had to buy our own food for the landlady to cook for us!"
“This weekend I have been visiting with my daughter, Judith, and we have spent our time shopping, dining, and walking in Lowther Gardens. I always remember my Dad when I sit in Lowther Gardens, they are really beautiful."
The Mayor of Fylde Cllr John Singleton said: "Barbara is a lovely warm lady with a wealth of stories to tell about her times here in the Fylde. We spent a truly enjoyable hour with Barbara and Judith and wouldn't have missed it for the world. We were honoured to have met Barbara and wish her and all her family the happiest of times."
Barbara was overwhelmed with her gifts from the Mayor and Mayoress saying she “felt like royalty” and couldn’t “wait to get home to show everyone."
We look forward to welcoming you again next year Barbara!