A swan caused traffic chaos after landing on Broadway. Former Observer photographer Garth Dawson snapped this picture in April 1974.

He says people were frightened of approaching the angry bird after it impeded traffic, all except a brave traffic warden.

He added: “The traffic warden did not give a parking ticket to a swan which landed on the road!”

Its election season, with the fight for Lancashire County Council seats taking place next month. So Garth unearthed this picture of the election of new MP Arthur Davidson in 1966.

Mr Davidson is pictured in the centre of the shot after the votes were tallied at Accrington Town Hall.

MP Arthur Davidson
MP Arthur Davidson
 

Garth says Mr Davidson was MP for a number of years for Labour and was very easy to get on with.

He said: “The count was always held at the town hall for the Accrington elections, of course it’s Hyndburn and Haslingden now.”

Our final photo this week shows glamorous models showing off bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses.

1972 - Bridal show at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel
1972 - Bridal show at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel
 

They were snapped by Garth at a bridal show at the Dunkenhalgh in November, 1972.

Did you see the traffic-dodging swan, witness the election count or take part in the bridal show at the Dunkenhalgh? Why not send us your memories for our letters page?

We want to publish your old pictures. They can be from any era right up to the 1990s. Please bring them into our office at Accrington Market Hall or email us at accringtonobserver@menmedia.co.uk and tell us why they are important to you.

Contact Garth at garth@dawsong84.freeserve.co.uk