Our beach has been changing for generations. Once high tide reached where Lord Street stands today. All the land in between right up to our sea wall used to be "golden sands" but progressively became mud flats like large areas of our beach are today, has been reclaimed over the years.  As the sea receeded and the grassy mud flats developed, our forefathers built out.  To take Southport closer to the sea they built: the Marine Lake, Municipal Golf course, Victoria Park, Princess Park etc.

Two recent letters in the Southport Visiter complaining about the state of the beach north of the pier heading towards Marshside and Crossens marshes and at Birkdale suggest that this is something new and the council should do something to restore the "golden sands."  They suggest all kinds of other causes other than natural trends.  But, not surprising with sea water levels forecast to rise through global warming, they don't put forward "building out" or reclaimation as a solution, even though the "golden sands" are still out there if you walk out far enough.

Back in February 1937 the Southport Visiter printed a talk given by the then Borough Engineer explaining that reclaimation of the foreshore was the corporation's policy to deal with the trouble caused by the formation of mud flats.

Please scroll down for our previous detailed blog on this subject which followed meeting pupils at Stanley High School who asked about the beach.