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Alan

Looking well, caught the sun

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The sun never seemed to penetrate the permanent smoke pall that covered old industrial St Helens until the late 1950s. If you "escaped" and went off on a day out to Blackpool or Southport and returned with painful sunburn and reddened skin, the neighbours and family used to comment that you caught the sun and looked well

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Think you're right Alan - the pollution overhead provided you with at least a sun protection factor of 50.

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Sun-tans were confined to the roadworks labourers and farm-workers The rest of us could sit in the park all day and the only change in skin colour was from the soot from Pilks and UGB chimneys

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Spent a lot of time swimming and sun bathing at Carr Mill, never had any trouble with sun burn. I learnt what it was with "Pam" Morley and Dan Rodden on school holiday to South of France. Several of us spent days in calamine lotion.

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Hmm! We spent every weekend on Formby and Freshfield but the first time I was ever burnt was age 21 in Tenerife, within 2 hours of being there, boy did I burn, my shoulders were two huge blisters, nobody even warned me.

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