I’m Scottie, a lad from Blackpool, obsessed with clothes, footie and music. So I decided to set up my own brand northern tide which incorporates all the things I’m passionate about and reflects my cultural heritage. The clothes are very much focused on quality, style and comfort, ideal for coast, town & country.
I’m just a normal lad from a working class family, probably like most of you reading this. I was born in a coastal town, Blackpool to be exact and I am still here, residing on the Fylde coast in close proximity of the countryside, I feel very fortunate indeed.
I’ve witnessed a lot of things in my years living here, seeing comedy legends such as Les Dawson, Cannon & Ball and Little & Large grace the 3 famous piers whilst they were also dominating Saturday night viewing on the television, in the 70’s and 80’s. I remember all the togetherness and friendly neighbourly spirit at the street parties for the Silver Jubilee, clambering on garage roofs and houses to see the red arrows roar overhead from their numerous air shows. Flying ants, remember those? every summer as a kid there would be a swarm. There were masses of people flocking to Pontins and the B&B’s for their weekend fix of fun and football aggro. The forever changing fashions that often grew out of northern culture or were embraced here; flares, donkey jackets, skin heads, punks, mods, new romantics, casuals, acid house ravers, Goths and indie boys.
One memorable time in particular was the summer of ‘76, the hot one! Everyone was on the beach, hundreds if not thousands of people, playing in the water laughing, riding donkeys, building sandcastles and eating endless strawberry splits & screwballs.
Like most northern towns, football is woven into the fabric of life. My earliest memories of football were as a 4 year old at infant school, kicking a size 3 shoot or ‘fly-away’ ball as they were affectionately known as, at the painted goals on the school yard walls. I remember Liverpool winning the ’77 European cup and watching the World cup ’78. This is where my interest in football began.
I have always had an affection for Blackpool FC, (hard not too, having lived yards away from Bloomfield road for most of my childhood.) I’ve had a few season tickets and been to many a match where I’ve witnessed the shenanigans of the 80s hooliganism culture and was very proud when they made it into the premier league in the 2010-11 season.
My true allegiance lies however with another Northern club and it was all because of one man.
A then British record transfer fee of £1.75m in ’81, a goal after 27 seconds v France at World cup ’82 in Spain, the driving force for England in Euro ‘88, winning the first European trophy in 5 long years for a British club in ’91 whilst also steering his club, to their first championship title in 26 years in ’93. I am talking about none other than ‘Captain Marvel’ himself, Bryan Robson. Love him or loathe him, what a player! I do recall just recently, watching a re-run of the 2nd leg of the European Cup Winners Cup v Barcelona in ’84, 2-0 down after the first leg and here’s Robbo’s finest moment in my eyes, in a united shirt at Old Trafford, single handily winning the match and the tie.
My love for United came in a way which I think was pretty normal, in a school yard 40 years ago whilst having a kick-about with my school mate ‘Eggy’. He wore a short sleeved, home united shirt. I was about 7 years old, I asked him who it was, he simply said, ‘United’. The thing that drew me in was the red and the style of the kit and the badge. At the time, Liverpool and Nottingham Forest were the flag-bearers for domestic and European football but, I chose a different team, simply because of the look of that top my mate happened to wear in the school playground. From then on in, every match with my mates at school or at the local parks, or at Cockerham Sands in my summer holidays, I was Captain Marvel!
Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s was a great time, we had arcades, football, music and more importantly our mates! It was an age of discovery, mischief and learning. Any chance that I had to nip to the town centre with pocket money or birthday cash, I would be spending it on Panini stickers hoping I’d have that badge or team picture to complete the album. I’d also leg it down to Bodens cycles to get my checker-board pads, dice caps and mushroom grips for my BMX. Victim clothing or Rawcliffe’s in town, were my shops of choice for buying semi-flared Lois cords, Adidas trainers and Campri ski jacket. I also loved going to Melody House, which was an independent music shop in south shore, I got many rare gems in there over the years and I do recall buying my first CD album -Pointer Sisters –‘break out’. Other influences included New Order, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and OMD that really got me into the electronic music scene. I would literally spend hours in there trawling through all the different music genres wondering what they sounded like, In a way, this was my early education into music.
In my teens I remember seeing the town full of holidaymakers from all over the UK. There was always so much to do in Blackpool and one such thing that always got my attention was the live music scene. Legends that played here included The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey and The Jimi Hendrix experience, all a bit before my time but, I was there for Radiohead, White Stripes, New Order, Bjork, James, Charlatans, Chemical Brothers, Leftfield, Paul Weller, The Happy Mondays and the legendary ‘89 gig at the Empress Ballroom that launched the iconic Stone Roses!
As in my 20’s & 30’s going to gigs is just as important now, as Blackpool continues to host some of the best bands in the world, roll on The Foals!
So, there you have it, that’s me and the things that have influenced the development of northern tide. I hope you like the clothes as much as I do and feel free to get in touch, comment and share.
Scottie @northern tide