When Pontins’ Middleton Tower Holiday Camp was the place to be
Written by Skywave Radio News on May 31, 2020
It was a holiday destination that brought thousands upon thousands to the Lancashire seaside.
Based just south of Morecambe, the Middleton Tower Holiday Camp emphasised everything behind the traditional British summer. A jewel in the crown of British seaside holidays.
Built in 1939, the holiday camp grew to become the largest holiday camp owned by Pontins.
Its chalets, entertainment centre, theatre, swimming pool and pub made it an obvious choice for family trips for summer trips.
It closed in 1993, leading to the abandonment of the site.
But its glory days have been archived by Glen Fairweather, immortalising what was once a location full of hustle and bustle.
Glen told LancsLive: “I’ve always been interested in old holiday camps and the whole social history behind them and how they went from being immensely popular to slowly fading away.
“I never actually went to Middleton Tower though but I’m sure it holds a lot of great memories for people.
“It sounded like a fascinating story though with Harry Kamiya and then Fred Pontin taking over and doing his normal Pontins thing.”
He added: “I heard he used to stop by unannounced at different holiday camps in his private helicopter and hand over his cheque book to the owner and ask him to fill out his price.
“If the price was acceptable he’d sign the cheque and fly away! Not sure if that happened at Middleton Tower though.”