On Tuesday 14th February, 50 members of The Local History Group were entertained by Janice Atfield, who reminisced about life living in Botanic Park Lodge, as the Park Keeper’s Daughter.
Her talk was initially inspired, when she worked in Hammick’s Bookshop in Southport, by a ghost story book. The author of “Ghost Watchers” was there for a book signing. Janice noticed a picture in the book of a little girl in a red coat swinging on a gate. Right away she recognised it, as herself at her home in the Botanic Gardens .
Her father was the horticulturist in charge of all the green houses providing plants for the Borough of Southport. He was also responsible for planting all the cherry blossom trees along Preston New Road.
Janice’s talk was about growing up in the 60’s and brought back happy memories for many people who attended the talk.
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