SouthportMagicalMemories[Book: Trinity Mirror Media – 2013 – 21x30cm – 84 Pages – Many B&W, few colour photos]. Remember the days when summer meant a day at the seaside? For generations of children from Liverpool and the industrial towns of Lancashire, Southport was a magical kingdom. Crowds flocked to the beach and pier, the Floral Hall, Sea Bathing Lake, Lakeside Miniature Railway, Marine Lake, parks and gardens and the zoo. Pleasureland, though, ruled supreme, the undisputed King of the Castle. The squeals of excited girls on the Cyclone roller coaster, the laughter of riders on the Traumatizer as their worlds were turned upside down. The excitement of the rides, the penny arcades and sidestalls, all consumed by a mouth-watering aroma of candy-floss and sugar-laced doughnuts. This land was the ultimate escape. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Jewel In The Crown; Waterworld; Life’s A Beach; All The Fun Of The Fair; Entertainment; A Splashing Time; All Creatures Great And Small; Festivals; Pontins; The Paris Of The North; Sport; Coast To Coast. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.