I worked at the South end of Blackpool and reports were on the radio of this unfolding event. I remember some very bad gales at this time. The promenade was frequently flooded and on a couple of occasions I was on "sandbag" duty. I am not sure that this day was one of those. I do recall the horror of it all, because my wife went to school with one of the officers who died. There was a fourth officer that was pulled out of the sea by his neck - he survived. The tragedy was caused by Alistair Antony attempting to rescue his Jack Russell dog which had gone into the 20 ft waves. Mr Antony also perished in the waves. Typing in "Blackpool Sea Tragedy" into Google will give you over 5000 results. Regrettably the lure of the sea will tempt even the most cautious especially when their defences are down. This memorial is at Gynn Square at the lower end of the gardens.
|Inscription facing South down the promenade|
|The inscription is mounted on this pillar. |
The pillar was here before the plaque
Trio lost at sea 25 years ago remembered
I am not sure if the memorial is on the UK National inventory of War Memorials - I feel it should be.
However there is information about police who have died in service here. This was not the only tragedy to a serving policeman in blackpool.
The cenotaph is approximately one mile south of this memorial at Talbot Square and the Mexico Memorial is another 3 miles down the coast in St Annes. There are actually three Mexico memorials - they have been photographed and will be discussed at some point.
This below is the update, mostly photographic. There seems to be a point to add those who died doing service. There is little link to the police memorial. I will try and find Gerry Richardson's grave here too. I feel that the memorial should include the names of those who gave their lives to the community - All though it is significant without that information it means less - My thoughts - that's all.
|From across the promenade road.|
The tram tracks are visible
|The black slab showing the four services|
"To those of the emergency services who give all or part of their lives serving
others with bravery and commitment"
|Closer view of the 4 services highlighted in white|
Lancashire Constabulary Lancashire Fire and Rescue
The Coast Guard The North West Ambulance Service
|View from the path at Jubilee Gardens.|
This looks from the sea side towards the car-park.
|Showing the Police Memorial on the column and |
the Services memorial in front of the tram
|The 2 memorials from the north|
|Looking South towards Gynn Square. |
The tram track turns up round the front of the hotel in the background.
There is more information at the page: