Rare photos that show Southport before it joined Merseyside

Southport is a large seaside town steeped in Victorian history.

The city’s iconic Lord Street is said to be what the boulevards of Paris would have been based on. With all that legacy, we looked back at rare photos of the iconic tourist trap that was once the vacation people dreamed of.

Photos show the vacation spot bustling with people flocking to the streets, often in summer. We also discovered a photo of Inter Milan visiting the station in 1963.

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The photos show the town in all its past glory and when it was still within the Lancashire boundaries, which has recently been the subject of debate after Southport MP Damien Moore and MP for West Lancashire Rosie Cooper have released a joint letter submitted to Secretary of State for Upgrading, Housing and Communities Michael Gove MP calling for a boundary change to put the seaside town back in Lancashire.

The topic is one that has been debated by townspeople for years, ever since boundary changes in 1974 saw Southport leave Lancashire. MP Rosie Cooper commented on the letter, saying her constituency is stuck in “no man’s land”.

People will come back to these photos fondly as people are captured enjoying the weather as well as the iconic promenade and downtown boulevards.

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