Councillor’s summer holiday memories

Butlins Trip 1946.
Butlins Trip 1946.

Last week’s photograph of Chorley holidaymakers at Butlins brought back memories for Coun Ralph Snape.

The Independent member was pictured fourth on the right on the second row, wearing a prominent white collar.

He recalled: “The photo was taken at a Butlins camp in Filey, in Yorkshire, in 1946.

“I was with friends who lived in Chorley and Wheelton: Billy Melling, Eddie Nolan, Jimmy Bolton, Ken German and Harry Calderbank.

“We used to meet every Saturday night at the dances at Tudor Ballroom in Chorley and we decided to go on holiday together for seven days.

“It was nice to be away from work to be honest.

“I was working as an apprentice joiner in Chorley at the time.

“I remember there was all sorts of activities at Butlins: swimming galas, dances, races. It was great fun.

“I also don’t recall it raining while we were there, which is good.”

Once Coun Snape qualified as a joiner, he set up his own firm, Snape Construction.

He married his sweetheart, Joyce, and had two children, as well as three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He is the longest serving councillor in Chorley, working alongside his wife.

One of his greatest achievements was receiving an MBE at Buckingham Palace for his community work.

Coun Snape also served in the RAF as a bomber commander before he became a joiner.