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[Days Gone]Things we all used to do during summer days gone by in Merseyside
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  The weather is starting to warm up and people across Merseyside are starting to enjoy the great British summertime.

  No matter how good our time spent in the sunshine is, it never seems to be as fun as the good old days.

  Some things will never change such as visiting New Brighton or playing in Crosby sand dunes.

  But how we spend our summertime has certainly changed over the years, from visiting one of Merseyside's many lidos to enjoying the Wirral and Liverpool show.

  We asked ECHO readers what summer traditions they had when they were younger that they wish could be brought back.

  Young children enjoying donkey rides on the beach. 6th August 1968.

  Young children enjoying donkey rides on the beach. 6th August 1968.

  (Image: Mirrorpix)

  Nostalgic Facebook users sent more than 200 suggestions to the ECHO page with many reminiscing on the good old days.

  Andy Smallwood said he misses street parties the most adding: “I remember loads in the late 70s and 80s along County Road and Walton Village.

  ”Nobody talks to their neighbours anymore, and these were a great way for the local community to get together.”

  Victoria Pybis agreed, she said: “The whole street out playing rounders and a big skipping rope and the adults would join in with the kids.”

  A street party in Liverpool to mark the Festival of Britain in July 1951

  A street party in Liverpool to mark the Festival of Britain in July 1951

  (Image: Reach plc)

  Many miss the days when a Fairy Liquid bottle was used as a water gun for water fights with neighbours and friends.

  Stephen Hamill said: “Waiting for ya ma to finish the washing up liquid bottle so you could use it as a water gun.”

  Sally Mattei agreed: “Water fights with a proper old fashioned Fairy liquid bottle.”

  And John Ellis said: “Water fight with fairly liquid bottle and taking lemonade bottles back to the shop to get ten pence to spend on ice pops.”

  Many people miss the days where they could relax at one of Merseyside lidos.

  Alan Wright said: “Outdoor swimming pool like New Brighton and Hoylake had.”

  New Brighton baths in 1972

  New Brighton baths in 1972

  (Image: Trinity Mirror Archive)

  Dorothy Lowe commented: “Spending all day at Southport outdoor swimming baths.”

  While Martina Marie Keith-stewart added: “Going from Kirkby on the bus to the outdoor swimming pool across the water felt such an amazing adventure even on the bus.”

  Some ECHO readers said that they miss the community fetes and summer shows with many mentioning the 'May Queen' celebration.

  Colette Gall said: “Picnics to Sefton Church and watching the Bootle Carnival with the May Queen and all the floats decorated.”

  Rosina Brown added: “Church fayre and crowning the May Queen in Speke and dray horses decorated ready for the twelfth July.

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  ”They would line them up out side pubs on Prescot Road ready to parade in the park. Also decorating wagons and carts with themes to be judged for the church fayre.”

  Cathy Thomas commented: “Liverpool Show, loved it, dog shows , food tasting, horse jumping flower shows…magical even as a child.”

  Heather Riley and Susan Wilkinson also both said that they would go to summer fetes at their local hospitals or schools.

  Christine Saunders said: “End of the pier shows, with family entertainment.”

  Marilyn Towey said she used to spend her summer days in Croxteth Park when they had Family Fun Days.

  Pupils from the Gilmour Southbank Infants school give a display of country dancing at the Garston carnival, which took place on the Long Lane recreational ground. The carnival, which has been running for 17 years, also features charity stalls, a fairground, an art exhibition and a Punch and Judy show. Garston Carnival. Garston is a district of Liverpool, Merseyside. 4th May 1992.

  Pupils from the Gilmour Southbank Infants school give a display of country dancing at the Garston carnival, which took place on the Long Lane recreational ground. The carnival, which has been running for 17 years, also features charity stalls, a fairground, an art exhibition and a Punch and Judy show. Garston Carnival. Garston is a district of Liverpool, Merseyside. 4th May 1992.

  (Image: Mirrorpix)

  She said: “Family fun day at Croxteth park also known as hey days , they had the lot, craft fair , funfair, jousting, dog show, entertainment and other show tents, music playing, beer tents, food tents, the hall, farm and walled garden open to view and my all time favourites Punch and Judy.

  ”Plus the little train for the kids to ride on and bouncy castles….something for everyone plus right on the doorstep.”

  Dorothy Williams said that 'bursting tar bubbles' in the road was one thing that many children used to do in the warmer months.

  Giant inflatables putting a bounce into the summer holidays for children in Knowsley. Northwood Community Centre play scheme, Kikby. Children of the Northwood Scheme, with youngsters from the Warrenhouse scheme. 8th August 1976.

  Giant inflatables putting a bounce into the summer holidays for children in Knowsley. Northwood Community Centre play scheme, Kikby. Children of the Northwood Scheme, with youngsters from the Warrenhouse scheme. 8th August 1976.

  Jeannette Dancs replied: “I found some last year on Hill Street and had a lovely time popping them with a twig, couldn’t find a lolly ice stick the smell was lovely.

  ”I was just waiting for my Mum to shout me in to slap my legs before she attacked me with the butter! Happy days.”

  David Solomon said: “Sticking lollipop sticks together with the tar bubbles in the road to make a Frisbee.”

  Sue Ormesher also commented that she used to 'poke sticky tarmac with a stick'.

  Some people miss the days when children could go to kids clubs or community centres without needing to spend a small fortune.

  Jacqui Blackham said: “Festival gardens and the holiday bible club in Belvedere church happy childhood memories that unfortunately our kids will never experience.”

  Sarah Atherton commented: “The estate youth club, morning and after noon sessions Mon-Fri was £1 per kid and had a tuck shop that sold mix ups for 20p, crisps for 30p and juice for 10p ….. not £80 a week for kicking a ball about like it is now.”

  Stacey Rollinson said: “Summer holidays spent in the leisure centre. £1 a day for swimming, gymnastics, trampolining etc. Not £100 plus it costs now for holiday clubs for the kids.”