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Could your pictures feature in a new book about Skelmersdale

Writer Carol Fenlon is hunting for images to include in history project

A view of Sandy Lane, Old Skelmersdale, in the 1960s.

A writer is appealing for people to send in their photos of Skelmersdale for a new project.

Carol Fenlon is compiling a history of the town and is hoping to publish the first part of it in June as a chapbook, covering the history of the old town right up to the laying of the first brick of the new town in 1964, as it is the 50th anniversary of its foundation this year.

Carol, who has lived in the town for over 30 years,  has some photos of her own, including postcards,  but she is lacking pictures from the period around the outbreak of WW2.

Carol is planning to use a local printer as well as releasing a Kindle version, but the booklet will not be made for profit.

Carol said: “I’ve always wanted to do a history of the town and thought now would be as good a time as any.

“There have been several books published about the history of the town but most of them focus on the old town.

“I really want to look more into the development of the new town but first, of course, you have to set it in context which is what the first part is all about.

“I am particularly interested in any photos between 1939 and 1964, any colliery photos or scenes of local life, walking days, and streets such as Union and Penny Streets before they were demolished.

“I would also like scenes of the war years, evacuees and anything showing the demolition of parts of the existing town and the construction of the new.

“I would of course, acknowledge sources of any pictures in the publication and I can be contacted on 01695 728320 or email Carol@

“I think it’s really important to look at more recent history and the politics surrounding the town to  find  answers for why Skem is the way it is.”

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