Manchester

Woman holidays in Lytham every year since 1933

Barbara Johnson with her sister and Aunty Bertha Image copyright Johnson family
Image caption Barbara Johnson with her sister and Aunty Bertha

Some may find it hard to pick their summer holiday destination - but not for a woman who has returned to the same seaside town for 84 years.

Barbara Johnson has visited Lytham in Lancashire every year since 1933, most recently making the 70 mile trip from her home in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Although she has occasionally holidayed in France and Switzerland, the English resort remains her first choice.

"I might not be here next year, but if I am, I'm going to Lytham," she said.

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Image caption Mrs Johnson enjoying a donkey ride with her father
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Image caption She was six-months-old when she was first taken to Lytham by her parents
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Image caption The couple say the resort is a 'home away from home'

Mrs Johnson, who is originally from Droylsden in Manchester, was six-months-old when she was first taken to Lytham by her parents.

"We stayed in a house where you used to buy your own food and a lady we called Aunty Bertha to cook it," she said.

"There used to be a chip shop and it was a Saturday night treat to have fish and chips.

"Years later when we had children we took them as well, and we would visit my parents who retired to Lytham for 20 years."

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Image caption Mrs Johnson likes Lytham because there's "nothing rowdy"

Mrs Johnson and her husband Dennis returned to Macclesfield, where they have lived for the last 13 years, on Wednesday, having spent another holiday in Lytham.

"I love it, it's a home from home," she said.

"It's quaint. There's nothing rowdy. The shops may be different but it hasn't really changed.

"Even if we go abroad or go somewhere else in this country we still go back to Lytham for a stay.

"The first place I would tell anybody to visit when they arrive would be the Lowther Gardens, where the grass is always so green."

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