More memories are on offer of Ellesmere Port in times gone by and more recently.
Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society has launched its latest profusely illustrated booklet telling the story of how the town centre itself developed from a single farm in the 19th century.
It follows on from their nostalgia packed accounts of Whitby Road, Cromwell Road and Station Road.
The stories of Cambridge Road school, the York Road football ground, the ever-moving market, Lewis’s and Asda, the bus station, Coronation Road and the EPIC each have a chapter devoted to them as do the ideas, proposals and actual development of the civic and commercial areas in ‘Back to the Future’ chapters.
Finally, bringing the story into the 21st century, there is a comprehensive chapter on The Port Arcades with the 104 page booklet said by society chairman Celia Webber, its editor, to be ‘a story that is a worthwhile read and an ideal Christmas present for any Portite’.
Mayor of Ellesmere Port Peter Rooney said: “The Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society has brought together a wonderful collection of stories that together paint a very interesting picture of the town centre which was newly built after the war when Ellesmere Port was a boom town.
“It’s a fantastic read and makes me feel proud of Ellesmere Port where so much was achieved in such little time.
“My thanks go to the chair, members and friends of the local history society who have put pen to paper. I hope more books on the history of our town will follow.”
The booklet is the fourth in the ‘Memories’ series produced by the society.
The limited edition publication is fully-illustrated including 250 photographs along with explanatory maps and diagrams taking the reader through a fascinating 15 decades of the town’s history.
It was launched at Ellesmere Port Library where the original 1963 model of the town centre is permanently displayed in the local history section on the first floor. The model was made by Liverpool University’s Civic Design Department.
The booklet is available for sale at the Central Library in Ellesmere Port and at the National Waterways Museum for £10.
On Sunday, December 11, Celia will be in the Port Arcades from 11am-3pm with a rare offer for those interested in the town’s history.
The new town centre memories along with the previous Station Road and Cromwell Road booklets will be on sale at £20 for all three, a ‘massive’ reduction of £7.45 but only while stocks last.
Celia said: “It will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.”