It was a fire of massive proportions and interest nationwide.At the time , I was working at the GPO in Old Hall Street, Liverpool as a telephonist. We were inundated with calls being made from journalists reporting back to head office of their relative newspapers,..... by telephone. ( How things change!!)
We could of course listen in ,and monitor the calls. The reports had a pretty big impact at the time.
It was a similar time in History
that the pier was closed (1965), by Wallasey Corporation, but was later leased to a subsidury of Fortes and re opened in 1968. Only to be closed again in 1972.
New Brighton became a ghost town for donkeys years. My children were babes when i took them in 1981. Nothing there then absolutley deserted, and we know how it has only just been redeveloped. What took so bloody long?
Just had a look at 'History
of Wallasey' , which states 1191 firemen attended the fire ,plus 37 Officers.