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  1. Mike firstly,thanks for the cross slack article, I read porter years ago and have been hooked on fylde coast history,mainly Lytham and the whole kilgrimol,cross slack thing,I am 46 now but as a kid used to play on the granny’s cottage wooded area of golf course,and from Highbury rd used to walk the railway follow the airfield fence. And come out on the old showjumping fields where Frobisher drive is now,must be so much,hidden under the golf course,also I read your PDFs on south fylde docks,I go metal detecting alone at Lytham and have uncovered an 11 th century strap end ,and a Roman bracelet,and 24 Roman coins all from a very small area of foreshore,all these finds apart from the last eight coins have been reported and recorded with the museum portable antiquities scheme, somebody else apparently found some Roman coins in the same area years ago ,other than these finds there are no records of anything Roman in Lytham,so maybe This area was used as a boat launch in Roman times,or if the land was 2000 yards further out as you say,this may have been a farm,I think this unlikely though as until recent drainage this land was marsh,as for the strap end this is 10th or 11th century so late Saxon early Norman era,poss the monks?, I am a responsible detectorist,so haven’t revealed exact location publicly,however ,I will discuss this if you wish via email,even though these finds are important to the area I have a responsibility to Lytham by not seeking publicity and flooding the area with detectorist a of the treasure hunting variety,I do this purely for history, I did tell a top member of Lytham heritage who couldn’t have been less interested,almost as if how dare I alter the written history of Lytham,they didn’t want to know,keep up the brilliant articles jas


  2. Hi Mike,
    My first visit here and very enjoyable and informative it was too. I’ve only read the article about the Blackpool Regiment and the terrible suffering of those POWs. I was born and bred in Blackpool and have always been interested in history so I was very aware of the events focused on, however you have filled in many gaps in my knowledge. Your work here is very well put together and rigorously researched and your compassion and understanding of what occurred in human terms shines clearly through. These accounts of history need to be continually held in our memory so future generations can see the horror that war is. My father was a POW, wounded and captured at the Battle of Monte Cassiono.
    Many thanks Mike I will certainly be back to this Blog to read more.
    All the best.
    Peter Leedale.


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