READER Mark Cunliffe writes: “I really enjoy your column and the chance to step back in time each week, but I was wondering if any readers could help me with an ambition to step back into the 1980s and '90s, which was my own youth?
“I'm a lifelong resident of Sutton and the changes that have occurred down the years to the area have been very great, some for the good and some for the not so good.
"My request is for the chance to see some photos from that era of Nook Lane, Watery Lane and Carnegie Crescent - basically around my home turf and the walk to and from school that I took on a daily basis (I was at school at Sutton 'Nash' and St Cuthbert's).
"In my mind's eye I can recall the big wall on the road's bend on Nook Lane and the old guy who used to keep his horse behind it, and pubs such as The Beehive, and the one opposite whose name escapes me now, The Coppersmiths, the duck pond and the works behind it, and of course Sutton Library.
"I'd love to be able to see the library inside and out once more, as I did my school work experience there back in 1996.
“If anyone has photographs of the area dating from this time period (or even a little earlier) and specifically those places I have mentioned, then I'd love to see them once again”.
I love stories and local photos from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and naughties, as well as tales going back centuries. I love the changes in fashion, vehicles, shop names, and whatever else has gone now.
Google is brilliant at tracing old photos, but only if you enter the correct search terms. You have to try names, nicknames, street names, area names, etc.. There is St Helens on the Isle of Wight and Mount St Helens in Washington State, which I saw briefly from an Amtrak train in 2000, so you have to be persistent.
Visit sthelens.gov.uk/history and use the search box to check out their treasures in the Gamble Achives. Facebook collections are growing daily.
Meanwhile, my next film show is at the Citadel at 2pm. It’s slapstick. I am repeating ‘The General’ with Buster Keaton due to technical gremlins last time, plus the Laurel and Hardy feature film ‘Sons of the Desert’.
Jack Rhoden asks: “Do you know if any pictures of the St Helens Royal Observatory Corps on Eccleston Hill exist? I would just be interested to see them.”
Can anyone send me some? Email to email@example.com or ring 01744 817130.