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Images of Blackpool

The Gazette

Everyone has an image of Blackpool. For some, it conjures up a picture of the Tower. Others think of the piers, perhaps the old music days. Then there are the trams, the illuminations - the list is endless.
It was the Northern mill workers who helped make Blackpool what it is today - Britain's premier resort. They came in their droves to sample its unique atmosphere and bracing sea breezes.
Today it boasts more that 17 million visitors a year and, although times have moved on, Blackpool's singular appeal still remains.  Blackpool is big, bold and unashamedly brassy. But it gives people what they want - and most of them come back for more.
Some start their love affair with Blackpool as candy floss kids, others as excited teenagers. Then there are the families, at whom Blackpool has always been aimed, who come back time and time again to enjoy the wide variety of leisure, pleasure and entertainment it has to offer.
Few showbusiness names have reached the top without a stint on the boards of Blackpool's North Pier.  All have happy memories and tales to tell of the typical Northern welcome they received in those early days.
Images of Blackpool is a pictorial record of some of the changes that visitors have witnessed through the ages. The photographs, taken mainly from the Gazette archives, promise to jog the memories of people of all ages.




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