Norman Livesey from Lancashire

Norman LiveseyNorth West‘I joined SJA as a Cadet in 1942 at 12 years old. As a volunteer in Preston, one of our regular duties was at Deepdale, Preston North End’s football ground.

In the 1960s, there was a stand at one end of the ground known as the Spion Kop. Spectators crowded into this area to stand and watch the match.

Just before kick-off time at a match, a wall about three quarters of the way up the Spion Kop collapsed. There were around 16 St John Ambulance volunteers on duty and we all rushed to help the injured spectators.

The casualty I came across first was a chap who I later learned had a broken pelvis. Several people were injured that day and many were transported to the old Preston Royal Infirmary. The Spion Kop no longer exists at Deepdale and the fans now watch the matches seated.’

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