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Old 05-08-09, 07:43   #1
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The wakes week (or Wakes Week for specific usage) is a holiday period in parts of England and Scotland.
Wakes were originally religious festivals that commemorated churchIndustrial Revolution the tradition of the wakes was adapted into a regular summer break in the mill towns of Lancashire, where each locality would nominate a Wakes Week during which the cotton mills would all close at the same time. This week then became the focus for fairs, and eventually for holidays where the workers would go to the seaside, eventually on the newly developed railways. dedications. During the
The tradition still exists in many parts of Lancashire, although its significance has declined in recent decades. It was commonplace for schools in Lancashire to allocate a one week holiday coinciding with wakes week in lieu of holiday time elsewhere in the year - typically the May half term holiday or the end of the summer holiday in August. Schools in Lancashire began to discontinue the wakes week holiday after the introduction of the National Curriculum and the standardisation of school holidays across England, and it rarely exists nowadays.






As we are in the second week of the "Rossendale fortnight" I thought how long is it since



1 Yelloway and Ellen smiths ran day trips picking up through out the valley
2 the newspapers were sold on the street corner
3 since you had to go out of town to do the shopping.
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Old 05-08-09, 08:24   #2
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Re: Wakes week

Happy days, a trip to Blackpool or Morecambe, enough butties to feed the 5000 and coming home with the back of your legs sunburnt, OK on the leather Yelloway seats but on Ellen Smith the seats were prickly.
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Ahhh I remember waiting in traffic jams on the way to Blackpool before the days of motorways methinks,a fella used to come round the cars selling ice-creams then we used to have a competition to see who was the first to see the tower....Happy days :-)
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I worked on Pleasure Land at Southport and we used to get sent a big chart showing which towns had which weeks, I think it was sent each year by one of the big cotton unions, wish I'd kept some now. I can remember traffic queues from the town out to Ormskirk
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We used to book our trips on ellen smiths at howards grocers shop in scoutbottom and yelloways at the newsagents on Duke st waterfoot. (it had aboard up saying Yelloway booking office)

Ellen smiths would take you to rawtenstall and then swap coaches for the one that was going to the place you were going.

If we were going to blackpool we would stop at the five bard gate at Salmesbury for a break (it was a long way to Blackpool in those days)

On arival at Blackpool we would park up at the coach park (I think it was near the gas works), to get to the front we walked past the things that you needed for a day on the sands and those postcards (I could spend all day reading them).

I we walked you heard kids shouting I can see the sea , I can see the sea then on to the sands digging sand castels and getting buried in the sand (I hated sand between my toes(still do) )

We wouild get "jugs of tea for the sands" and have our butties then when the tide came in we walked along the front going in every arcade looking to see if there was any money left in the machines .

for tea we went in to a chippy and sat in for a treat it was great
then back to the coach

on the way back some one would send the hat round for the driver who would drop us of back were we had got on...Happy days Happy days

thanks Mum thanks Dad
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In the Free press you had pages of where the Yelloway and Barnes coaches, were going. You booked for the trips in maidens ice cream parlour in Waterfoot, the coaches would queue up the road.
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I was never around for the first wakes week ... mainly because we used to go to ireland roundabout the 10th july and we spent 2 weeks there then came home. Papers were sold outside the rising bridge post office .. used to sit on the top of the green box that sat on the corner .. and it was mrs shanks who used to sell them. She used to be the lollipop lady at rising bridge and she'd sell them for the two weeks as the post office come newsagents were shut. You wanted to post something it was either down to accrington post office or you waited till they re-opened!!!
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Re: Wakes week

Spotted this advert for Ellen Smith in an old copy of the Rossendale Free Press (1972).


Blackpool for 80p! How times change eh?
Anyone have any info on what the weekly wages were back then?
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Spotted this advert for Ellen Smith in an old copy of the Rossendale Free Press (1972).


Blackpool for 80p! How times change eh?
Anyone have any info on what the weekly wages were back then?
Those prices were for the better off , those who were going for a week or two

but well spotted
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Four figure phone numbers, I'm sure Mrs Green's newsagents at the bottom of Bankside was an agent
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