Looking back in time... six photograph from old St Helens

Handing over a time capsule is a local mothers union
Handing over a time capsule is a local mothers union

These pictures, from the St Helens Reporter’s archives, are sure to jog a fair few readers’ memories.

The first snap is from the recent past - 2001.

The Queen's 1961 visit to St Helens

The Queen's 1961 visit to St Helens

It shows Noreen Rimmer (centre) Deanery President of Winwick, handing over a time capsule to Kathleen Wildman.

Also on the picture are Arch Deaconery President of Bolton, who is dressed as Mothers Union founder, Mary Sumner, and Jean Williamson, Diocesan President, as members of the mothers union board the Warburton’s vintage bus.

Wonder what’s in that time capsule?

Then we have a look back at the Royal visit from 1961.

Crowds line the streets for the Queen's visit

Crowds line the streets for the Queen's visit

Our snaps show Her Majesty taking a tour of Shaw Street Station.

How did we used to cool off in those long, hot summers of yesteryear?

Here in St Helens is was simple. Take a quick nip in the Hotties.

Our archive pictures also demonstrates how this local landmark got its name.

Enjoying a dip in the Hotties

Enjoying a dip in the Hotties

The canal, which runs through the town centre, was literally heated up by hot water by pouring into it from a nearby Pilkington factory.

Finally, who remembers his wonderful sight from the streets of St Helens?

This is the final trolly bus ever to be operational in the borough and is pictured some time in the 1960s before the system was dismantled.

Got an old photograph for our looking back series. Email Andy Moffatt

Summer fun at the Hotties

Summer fun at the Hotties

Last St Helens Trolly Bus

Last St Helens Trolly Bus