Blackpool And The Town Centre in The 1980s

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These photo gems turn back the clock to focus on Blackpool through a decade

The Fruitopia lights, Blackpool promenade, 1984


Who can forget the sight of King Kong perched at the foot of Blackpool Tower? The massive – 85ft in fact – inflatable star came for the 90th birthday of Blackpool Tower. The giant ape was quite a sight, peering down on the people below – and no doubt distracted one or two motorists along the Promenade.

Some of the long gone shops are pictured and so is the dawn of a new era – when Houndshill opened. And there were urban issues too – abandoned cars and a derelict boating pool.

13. Blackpool 1980s
17. Blackpool 1980s