Fantastic photos of Lancashire towns and cities taken 50 years ago in 1974

Brilliant archive images of Blackpool, Rossendale, Lytham St Annes, Fleetwood and Chorley taken half-a-century ago

It’s hard to believe but now we’re into the new year, the year 1974 was half-a-century ago. 1974 was when the newly created metropolitan counties of Merseyside and Greater Manchester reshaped the administrative borders of Lancashire.

It was a year when Britain itself was experiencing an economic crisis. Ted Heath’s Conservative government brought in the infamous three-day week to preserve energy on the back of widespread industrial action.

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To mark the 50-year milestone, Lancs Live has delved into the photo archives for a glimpse of what was happening in Lancashire in 1974. We’ve put together a gallery of street scenes from Blackpool, Rossendale, Lytham St Annes, Fleetwood and Chorley that are sure to bring back memories for some.

Let us know if you recognise yourself or somebody you know.

Do these photos awaken any memories for you? Let us know in the comments section below.

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