Past Events

A Tragic Event – the Tale of One of St Annes’ Worst Tragedies

Posted on: July 5th, 2023 by admin

Thursday 6 July 2023 at 7.30 pm


A talk by Mick Downer. Ninety-three years ago, in July 1930, six youths, who were on a camping holiday from St Aiden’s Nautical School for Roman Catholic Boys, drowned in St Annes. At the time the Lytham St Annes Express headline said, “Six youths drowned at St Annes: camping holiday ends in terrible disaster”. Speaker Mick Downer describes the event as, “Possibly one of the worst beach drowning incidents in the UK.”

The talk will be followed by refreshments, after which a representative from the RNLI will provide an historical perspective on the event and discuss safety issues which were different back in the thirties.

Tickets costs £5 pp or £4 pp for FOSAL members – on sale at the Library or pay on the door.