MORECAMBE FACES: A PORTRAIT OF MORECAMBE
I think the Eden Project will be a great thing. I think at my age I don’t have the right to be too nostalgic but I suppose I would prefer it if not too much more development is crammed in. I’d like to see more green spaces.”Lucy Baldwin, 2019
Lucy lived all over the place till she was in her early 30s. “Then, for various, personal reasons I needed to make a new start with 4 young children. My mother lived in Lancaster so I went there first. Then I bought a house in Morecambe as it was much cheaper.” She remembers how taking her children to Frontierland was a real treat, and what a great time they had at Bubbles. “I think it’s a shame those classic seaside things have gone” she says. That was some 20 years ago and Lucy has lived and worked here ever since. She teaches piano, and performs as part of the Promenade Concert Orchestra of Morecambe.
“Where I live,” she says, “I like the sight of the back of my terrace, which was built for Norwegian fishermen in the 1870s. Morecambe’s first wave of immigrants. The terrace had a common sewer running down its whole length. Unfortunately, this contributed to outbreaks of typhus. When you go in the graveyard you can date these outbreaks because there are whole families wiped out together. Sad I know but it gives me a deep feeling of old Morecambe.”
“I think the Eden Project will be a great thing. I think at my age I don’t have the right to be too nostalgic, but I suppose I would prefer it if not too much more development (buildings wise) is crammed in. I would like to see more green spaces for youngsters to play football, skateboard and mountain bike.”
N.B. As I photograph and talk to each participant, I ask them to suggest someone else for me to photograph. Lucy was recommended as a subject for “Morecambe Faces” by Pete Moser. Read my Pete Moser post here.
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