Doreen appeals for help in finding late husband’s polo teammates

Memories: Do you recognise any of these polo players?
Memories: Do you recognise any of these polo players?

A Chorley water polo team are pictured making a splash in the 1950s.

The picture was provided to Flashback by Doreen Baines, 76, of Chorley, as a plea to find team members.

Alan Baines, Doreen’s late husband, is on the bottom row on the right with his arms folded.

Other known members are Lawrence Lee, third from the left at the back, who once owned a shop in Chorley.

Now Doreen is hoping publication of the photo will help track down other members of the team. She married Alan Baines in 1955 and the couple had two children - Colin and Brenda.

Brenda has now moved on to Derbyshire, whereas Colin still lives in Leyland.

Doreen said: “We got married in Euxton and went into the Bay Horse and everyone left because it was Chorley Walking Day.”

She says water polo was a big part of her late husband’s life and he used to play at Brinscall Baths.

“I think Alan used to play for Chorley or Burscough,” she said. He used to play rugby for Leyland Motors and supported Preston North End.

“We used to go swimming three times a week and dancing seven times a week.

“We also cycled to Southport a lot.He was a very, very good swimmer. He even made me swim a mile once!

“Our first cottage was £240 and Alan was asked for £250 to swim the channel.

“If it wasn’t for the cost he would have done it but it was a hell of a lot of money then.”

Aside from their sporting pursuits, Doreen said the couple went caravaning for more than 40 years, visiting countries like Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Holland.

The former ROF worker added: “Alan used to work for the family removal business and then Baxi Heatings.

“But he had a heart attack around 1990 and retired shortly after.”

He died after suffering another heart attack in 2006.If you know anyone else on this picture please call the Guardian on 01257 264911 or email christopher.maguire@lep.co.uk