Pink Supermoon lights up Lancashire skies in rare astronomical event

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Supermoons occur when it is near its closest point to the Earth in its orbit, appearing bigger and brighter than usual.


The Supermoon was seen from Blackpool (Image: Karl Houghton)

A rare astronomical event saw a giant pink supermoon light up the skies above Lancashire last night.

Skygazers were treated to a glimpse of a supermoon as the celestial event illuminated the UK from above.

The full moon in April is also known as the “pink moon” as it is named after pink flowers, known as phlox, which bloom in the springtime.

It is also a supermoon because the full moon will occur when it is near its closest point to the Earth in its orbit, appearing bigger and brighter than usual.

The phenomenon was visible on Tuesday (April 27) and was seen in glorious prominence across Lancashire.

Stargazers also caught a glimpse on Monday, with pictures showing it in the backdrop of Blackpool Tower.


The Supermoon behind Blackpool Tower (Image: Karl Houghton)

Anna Ross, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, said: “The average distance of the moon from the Earth is 384,400km, but the moon will reach its closest point this lunar month on April 27 at 16:24, when it will be 357,379 km away.

“The exact moment of the full moon closest to this point, so the supermoon, is also on April 27, but at 04:31.

“This means that the best times to view this supermoon will be anytime during the night of April 27 when the moon will rise in the east just before sunset and set in the west around sunrise.”

During this time, the Earth’s natural satellite was set to still appear around 14% bigger and 30% brighter.

Ms Ross said: “A supermoon is the result of a full moon occurring when the moon is near its closest point to the Earth in its orbit.

“This can happen because the moon orbits the Earth on an elliptical path, rather than a circular one.

“As this means that the moon is a little closer to us, it appears slightly bigger in the sky.”

The next supermoon will be visible in May 2021.

Star Wars set takes shape in Lancashire for new Disney+ series Andor

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New Disney+ series Andor will be part of the Star Wars universe

Set for new Star Wars Disney+ series Andor arriving in Cleveleys, near Blackpool
Set for new Star Wars Disney+ series Andor arriving in Cleveleys, near Blackpool (Image: Scruffy Diamond – Behind the Scenes / YouTube)

Work appears to be well under way ahead of the filming of a new Star Wars television series on the Fylde coast.

On Tuesday (April 27) LancsLive reported how filming is taking place in Cleveleys, near Blackpool, for new Disney+ series Star Wars: Andor.

The show is a prequel to Star Wars film Rogue One, released in 2016, with the series earmarked for a 2022 release date.

Pinewood Studios declined to confirm what the filming was for but a source close to the production confirmed to LancsLive it is for the new series starring Rogue One’s Diego Luna and Hollywood heavyweight Stellan Skarsgard, known for major roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as Pirates of the Caribbean and Mamma Mia.

Today, crew could be seen arriving in Cleveleys with lorries carrying parts of what appears to be sets for the film, with some items carrying a style very similar to the hugely popular film series.

The arrival was captured by YouTuber Scruffy Diamond via his own drone camera.

It shows items being taken from a HGV while other parts of the set remain covered by tarpaulin.

A road closure notice has been issued by Lancashire County Council confirming that from 7am on Wednesday, April 28 until midnight on Tuesday, May 11, cars, cyclists and pedestrians cannot proceed over the North Promenade at Thornton-Cleveleys.

This includes the beach and north west footway along the Promenade from Rough Lee Road to Carr Gate.

The project has been named ‘Cleveleys Pilgrim’ with many speculating that this must be a working title.

Star Wars: Andor is set to be a spy thriller following Luna as he reprises his role as Cassian Andor.

Debenhams announces closure date for Blackpool store

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The department store in Houndshill Shopping Centre will close on May 8 but shoppers will be offered major discounts before it does

Debenhams store at Houndshill Shopping Centre
Debenhams store at Houndshill Shopping Centre

Debenhams has announced the closing date for another 25 stores in the UK, including the branch in Blackpool.

The department store in Houndshill Shopping Centre is set to close on May 8 as the company continues the process of shutting down its locations across the country.

The firm collapsed in 2020 before being bought by Burnley fashion retailer Boohoo in January this year.

Announcing the takeover, Boohoo confirmed all 118 stores would be closing as part of the deal with 12,000 jobs lost.

Debenhams briefly opened several stores in Lancashire, including Blackpool, on April 12 to clear what stock is remaining.

The firm is offering major discounts, including up to 80 percent off fashion and home and at least 50 percent off everything across the store.

These deals will come into effect from today (April 28).

Regeneration chiefs previously said they are actively seeking a new tenant for Blackpool’s Debenhams store.

A spokesperson for Debenhams said: “Our stock is flying off the shelves and it’s no surprise with such great bargains available.

“Time is running out for shoppers to take advantage of the incredible discounts being offered at these 25 stores.”

The famous brand and website were sold in January, but not the company’s shops.

The remaining 118 stores reopened on April 12 after lockdown for liquidators to sell off stock before closing.

Debenhams stores closing on May 8:

Blackpool

Bury St Edmunds

Crawley

Derby

Hemel Hempstead

Leeds City Centre

Lincoln

Luton

Middlesbrough

Northampton

Norwich

Nuneaton

Redditch

Scunthorpe

Southend-on-sea

Stevenage

Stockport

Sunderland

Telford

Torquay

Uxbridge

Wakefield

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach opens new coffee shop dedicated to founder

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The Great-Grand-daughter of founder WG Bean, Amanda Thompson OBE, personally oversaw the design of the new coffee shop

The new WG Bean's coffee shop faces out onto Balmoral Road, close to Blackpool’s famous Promenade, and has seating for over 80 customers across two floors.
The new WG Bean’s coffee shop faces out onto Balmoral Road, close to Blackpool’s famous Promenade, and has seating for over 80 customers across two floors. (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

To celebrate its 125th anniversary year, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has opened a new coffee shop that has links to the very beginnings of the world-famous amusement park.

WG Bean’s is named after Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s founder, WG Bean, and is located at the front of the iconic Casino Building, close to the park’s main entrance.

The coffee shop is open now and will be serving freshly ground coffee and snacks every day throughout the 2021 season.

The building faces out onto Balmoral Road, close to Blackpool’s famous Promenade, and has seating for over 80 customers across two floors.

As well as freshly brewed coffees, teas and refreshing drinks, WG Bean’s will also serve delicious sandwiches and sweet treats.

WG Bean founded Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1896 and is the Great-Grandfather of current Managing Director, Amanda Thompson OBE.

Amanda personally oversaw the design of the new coffee shop and has been instrumental in developing the venue’s unique style.

Amanda said: “At Blackpool Pleasure Beach we are always looking to the future but at the same time we celebrate our heritage.

“This new venue gives us the opportunity to create a beautiful space which also pays tribute to the fabulous history of the park and the vision of my great-grandfather William George Bean.”

Atkinsons Archetype Espresso blend served at WG Bean's coffee shop in Blackpool Pleasure BeachAtkinsons Archetype Espresso blend served at WG Bean’s coffee shop in Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

WG Bean’s brews Atkinsons Archetype Espresso blend, which aims to be all about big body, dark chocolate and caramel flavours, with a medium to low acidity.

Atkinsons was founded as another family business in Lancaster in 1837 and work with cafes, bars and restaurants across the North West and the UK.

WG Bean’s is currently open for takeaway only and is COVID safe in line with Government guidelines.

The new establishment also meets all of VisitBritain’s Good To Go certifications.

If the Government roadmap out of lockdown continues as scheduled, WG Bean’s will welcome guests to sit in and enjoy refreshments from Monday 17th May.

Once WG Beans can accommodate customers, it’s the ideal place to relax or work, with views across Blackpool Promenade and out to sea.

To launch the new venue, all customers purchasing a hot drink will receive 50% off any cake or breakfast roll. This offer is valid until 30 June 2021.

Ibis Hotel steel fencing blows into Promenade in heavy winds prompting firefighter response

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A large metal fence blew off the Ibis Hotel onto the Promenade at Talbot Square, Blackpool this morning, sparking a 999 call-out.

Firefighters were called to retrieve a large piece of steel fencing from the Ibis Styles Hotel in Blackpool.

The fencing had blown away from the hotel, formerly the Clifton, which is surrounded by scaffolding while undergoing a £400,000 facelift.

The renovations come five years after heritage guardians first raised concerns about the neglected state of the building after cracks developed in the walls.

Work will include essential repairs to the external facade and structure including full redecoration plus re-rendering to significant areas.

Timber will also be repaired, brickwork and stonework will be repointed at high levels, and new drainage infrastructure will be installed.

The replacement of slate and flat roof areas will also be included.

But the steel fencing surrounding the Ibis site could not stand up to the strong winds on the Prom this morning, forcing Lancashire Fire and Rescue to retrieve it from the road and secure it.

A spokesman said: “We sent a fire engine from Forest Gate station to the Promenade at 6.35am to remove a sheet of corrugated fencing from the road.

Firefighters work to secure the steel fencing surrounding the Ibis Hotel in Blackpool.

“Firefighters picked up one piece of fencing and ensured the site was secure.”

Some £178,300 of the £400,000 renovation costs came from Blackpool Council, which funded the works from its Quality Corridors Property Improvement Fund (PIF).

The fund is part of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Fund and the Local Transport Fund.

It was hoped the investment would help attract new operators to the ground floor units in the property, which have been empty since former venues Che Bar and Coco Club closed.

One engine was sent to the scene.

Accor, owner of the Ibis Hotels group, was contacted for a comment.

A piece of steel fencing was blown into the road on the Promenade prompting a 999 call-out.

 

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby enjoys fun and thrills of Blackpool

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby has had a rollercoaster ride since joining the cobbles last year but took some time out of filming to enjoy fun and thrills by the sea at Blackpool Pleasure Beach for her 23rd birthday.

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson
Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Wigan born Harriet, who plays Summer Spellman in the soap and is represented by Blackpool agent Jess Bell of Red Door Management, visited the tourist trap, which is celebrating its 125th season with friends.

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby riding Icon on a day out at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby riding Icon on a day out at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby ,who plays Summer Spellman in the iconic Soap, celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby ,who plays Summer Spellman in the iconic Soap, celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby and friends celebrate her 23rd birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby and friends celebrate her 23rd birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Wigan born actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Wigan born actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Riding the waves of the Rugrats log flume in Nickelodeon Land Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby and friends celebrate her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Riding the waves of the Rugrats log flume in Nickelodeon Land Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby and friends celebrate her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her 23rd birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her 23rd birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

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Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park’s 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

Coronation Street actress Harriet Bibby celebrates her birthday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the park's 125th celebration season Pictures: Dave Nelson

 

Greene King pubs in Blackpool, Preston and Chorley to reopen in time for Bank Holiday – full list

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The Yarrow Bridge in Chorley, the Guild in Preston and the Cherry Tree in Blackpool will reopen on Thursday, April 29

They are among 106 pubs across the country opening again to customers this week
They are among 106 pubs across the country opening again to customers this week

A pub retailer and brewer is reopening three more Lancashire venues in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Greene King has today (April 26) confirmed that establishments in Blackpool, Chorley and Preston will open on Thursday (April 29) coronavirus restrictions ease.

They include the Yarrow Bridge in Chorley, the Guild in Preston and the Cherry Tree in Blackpool.

They are among 106 pubs across the country opening again to customers.

In total, 558 Greene King pubs will reopen outdoors in England from April 29, as the company aims to reach its goal of normal trading by June.

Customers will be able to book a garden table online, although Greene King bosses say people will also be welcome to visit the pub outdoors without an advance booking.

Some pubs will have reduced opening hours and menus.

Greene King chief executive Nick Mackenzie said: “We are really pleased to be able to reopen further pubs outdoors and welcome back more our customers in time for the bank holiday weekend.

“Sadly, we are still not able to open a larger amount of our estate in April, but we know the vital role pubs play in communities and feel it’s important to open as many as we can to help people get back together once again.

“We are still looking forward to Monday 17 May when we will be able to open many more of our pubs, and the all-important return to normality in June when the restrictions are fully removed, and we can start to rebuild our businesses. Until then, we hope for good weather for the bank holiday and onwards!”

Customers are encouraged to guarantee their place in a Greene King pub garden by booking from 2pm tomorrow (April 27) to ensure they don’t miss out.

The full list of Greene King pubs reopening on Thursday, April 29

Yarrow Bridge (Chorley)

Guild (Preston)

Cherry Tree (Blackpool)

Blackbirds (Flitwick)

Star (Chalton)

George & Dragon (Bedford)

Old Five Bells (Burnham)

Green Man (Lavendon)

Red Lion (Langley)

Pickerel Inn (Cambridge)

Prince Regent (Cambridge)

Fox & Hounds (Longthorpe)

Brighton Belle (Winsford)

Rising Sun Inn (Wistaston

Quayside Inn (Falmouth)

Broadway (Bournemouth)

Jolly Sailor (Poole)

Commodore (Bournemouth)

Druids Head (Brighton)

Sandmartin (Thurrock)

Rose Inn (Great Wakering)

Inn on the Green (Billericay)

Windmill (Upminster)

Rose & Crown (Woodford Green)

Boars Head (Herongate)

Dog & Pheasant (Colchester)

Swan Inn (Stanway)

Copa (Cheltenham)

Hunters Hall Inn (Kingscote)

Five Bells (Finchley)

Colonies (Victoria)

Junction (Clapham Junction)

Lamb & Flag (Westminster)

Prospect of Whitby (Wapping)

Swan (Wimbledon)

Ye Olde London (City-of-London)

Kings Arms (Greenwich)

Vine (Kentish Town)

Rose & Crown (Bury)

Green Posts (Portsmouth)

Bold Forester (Southsea)

County Arms (Winchester)

Emporium (Fleet)

Ship Anson (Portsmouth)

Fishermans Rest (Titchfield)

Royal Oak (Havant)

Old Farmhouse (Totton)

Grandstand (Hereford)

Inn on the Green (Harpenden)

Three Moorhens (Hitchin)

Old Red Lion (Shephall)

Dolphin (Melbourn)

Hare & Hounds (Arreton)

Ryde Castle Hotel (Ryde)

Crab (Shanklin)

Yacht (Bexleyheath|)

William Camden (Bexleyheath)

Kings Arms (Westerham)

Robin Hood (Clifton)

White Horse (Swinton)

Fieldhead Hotel (Markfield)

Blue Anchor (Aintree)

Hare & Hounds (Tarbock)

Torch (Wembley)

Railway Hotel (Greenford)

Royal Oak (Harrow)

Compleat Angler (Norwich)

Waterfront Inn (Diss)

Warren Lodge (Scunthorpe)

Norman Conquest (Middlesbrough)

Windmill Inn (York)

Lendal Cellars (York)

Old Bank (Northampton)

Saracens Head Hotel (Towcester)

Friar Tuck (Arnold)

Starting Gate (Nottingham)

Bystander (Wootton)

Acorn (Bicester)

Lord Nelson (Wantage)

Duke of Monmouth (Oxford)

White Horse (Abingdon)

Jude the Obscure (Oxford)

Prince Of Wales (Didcot)

Ye Olde Cross Keys (Witney)

White Horse (Headington)

George Inn (Bathampton)

Red Lion (Todwick)

Windmill Inn (Werrington)

Chatterly Whitfield (Stoke)

Bull (Newmarket)

Thrasher (Ipswich)

Station (Stoneleigh)

William Garland (Caterham)

Longship (Hebburn)

Ravensworth Arms (Lamesley)

Rose & Crown (Stratford-Upon-Avon)

Pen & Parchment (Stratford)

Cat & Fiddle (Great Barr)

Mulberry (Goring-By-Sea)

Broadwater (Worthing)

Old Punch Bowl (Crawley)

Waterside (Shoreham-By-Sea)

Angel Inn (Rothwell)

Crown (Bradford)

Royal Oak (Marlborough)

Castle Hotel (Droitwich)

Alexandra (Clapham) Takeaway only

Hare & Billet (Blackheath) Takeaway only

Blackpool Grand Theatre asks guests to ‘name a seat’ to help save the venue’s future

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The venue has come up with several ways to generate income to continue to make memories for the children, families, visitors and friends who have grown up with the theatre that is still facing an uncertain future

The Grand Theatre in Blackpool
The Grand Theatre in Blackpool (Image: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

Blackpool Grand Theatre is asking for help from the public to help it survive what it says is ‘the most unprecedented time in its history”.

Built to be the “prettiest theatre in the land” by Victorian architect Frank Matcham in 1894, the venue has become much more than just a grade II listed building.

The historic theatre is now an active charity with social, educational and artistic aims and runs a full programme of workshops for children and young people, in and out of school which focus on improving literacy, numeracy, social skills and confidence.

Like many theatres across the country, the Grand suffered during the coronavirus pandemic, making no income since the first lockdown in March 2020 and having furloughed 57 staff.

This month the venue received a grant of £491,000 in the second round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

Ruth Eastwood, Blackpool Grand Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to receive this grant from the Government Treasury and Arts Council England Cultural Recovery Fund. It will allow us to prepare to reopen and, if all goes well, be trading again from the Autumn.

“It cannot be underestimated, the devastation Covid has caused for so many: our patrons; our employees, past and present; and our organisation. We have been forced to cut costs to protect the business, including reducing the staff to the bare minimum. With this support, we will be able to, rebuild, recruit and buy-in ‘product’ ready to start afresh.

““We are delighted that the Treasury, DCMS, and Arts Council England see the value and importance of supporting a community theatre like Blackpool Grand and the work does to create public benefit through arts, education and heritage.

“Nevertheless, this will not be a fast-passed opening, but a cautious and steady one. We are committed to ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for our patrons, performers and employees, and look forward to welcoming them back.”

Inside Blackpool Grand Theatre located on Church Street, Blackpool
Inside Blackpool Grand Theatre located on Church Street, Blackpool (Image: Blackpool Grand Theatre)

Despite the grant there is still uncertainty ahead however with many businesses expected to operate under restrictions when they reopen and the Grand’s capacity alone will reduce from 1,053 to 350 if one-metre social distancing is required.

The venue has come up with several ways to generate income make memories for the children, families, visitors and friends who have grown up with the theatre.

One of the ways is to support Blackpool’s Grand Theatre Artistic Programme by donating to its #nameaseat fundraiser.

Whether it’s to show your love for the theatre, remember a loved one or to give a unique gift, a minimum £350 donation will be marked by a plaque with a name of your choice that is fitted to the back of the seat.

Leaving a lasting mark in the theatre’s main auditorium, your plaque will be present for 10 years in the Stalls or Dress Circle.

There is also the Blackpool Grand Recovery Fund where supporters can donate however big or small to help it through the crisis.

The venue has also launched a new collection of Grand themed merchandise in an online shop with a beautifully created collection of postcards, notebooks, a mouses mat and more.

To find out how you can support Blackpool Grand theatre in many others ways, please visit here.

Work to transform and renovate Blackpool Winter Gardens begins

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The scheme is now underway after being delayed due to the Covid pandemic

Work at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Work at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Work has begun on a half a million pound project which includes restoring Victorian frontages at the Winter Gardens and bringing the town centre back to life with markets, workshops and even film screenings.

Blackpool Council was awarded £532,575 of government Heritage Action Zone funding, delivered through Historic England, last September aimed at revitalising the high street.

The scheme is now underway after being delayed due to the Covid pandemic and the first phase will see the refurbishment of five frontages near the Church Street entrance to the Grade II* listed Winter Gardens.

Further work later this year will include the replacement of shopfronts under the Empress Building with restored Victorian-style frontages in hardwood and stained glass.

Also included in the project is the restoration of the former Blacks store on Edward Street with timber shopfronts.

The interiors will be refitted to form three shops with flats above aimed at providing joint working and living spaces for creative businesses.

Premises at 28 Topping Street will be converted into a creative hub with retail space, a workshop and potential rehearsal space in the basement.

Funding has also been awarded towards a new footfall monitoring system, a study looking at mapping cultural resources, a review of the Town Centre Conservation Area’s public realm and to showcase art in empty shop windows.

The council has also received £85,000 for a programme of high street activity including markets, film screenings, workshops, performance commissions and activity themed around children.

Historic England hopes the funding will help protect some of Blackpool’s heritage gems.

It said: “Many of the historic buildings within the area are in a declining condition and there is a high vacancy rate which has led to a general dissatisfaction about what the centre has to offer people.”

The funding “will include a package of physical interventions to the Winter Gardens and other key buildings in the area.

“These works will be coupled with a community-led cultural programme to bring the high street back to life.

“This project aims to reinvigorate a sense of belonging in Blackpool’s town centre by engaging the local community with key cultural venues.”

Nostalgic Blackpool pictures of The Beatles, Cliff Richard and escapologist’s wedding at 400ft

 

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We take a trip down memory lane and look at some of Blackpool’s memorable moments over the last century

The Beatles before playing the Opera House Blackpool 16 August 1964.
The Beatles before playing the Opera House Blackpool 16 August 1964.

Blackpool has a long and amazing history.

For centuries the town was a hamlet by the sea until the 18th century when visits to seaside towns became fashionable – attracting hundreds of people to the area.

For over 100 years the town has had an unique sense of pride and history and an unbreakable bond with the British public.

Always one for firsts, when Blackpool Tower was built in 1891 it was the tallest man-made structure in the British empire.

As well as visiting the tower and having a picture taken with it, holidaymakers and visitors to the resort over the years have enjoyed a host of attractions including Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Coral Island, Blackpool Zoo, Madame Tussauds and more.

While food has often attracted people to the area from cockle and mussle stands in the Victorian era to Harry Ramsden’s famous fish and chips today.

The world’s first permanent electric street tramway also debuted in Blackpool in 1885 – much to the delight of locals and visitors from near and far.

Both the Pleasure Beach and the illuminations have survived two world wars and offered some escapism for visitors from the circumstances around them.

From the 1950s Blackpool has attracted many superstars and celebrities from the Beatles to Cliff Richard.

While Blackpool has also hosted political events including Labour and Conservative party conferences – with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher attending in the 1980s.

In recent times however the coronavirus pandemic has given Blackpool it’s toughest challenge yet and the nature of its hospitality and tourism industry has had to change and adapt.

Here at LancsLive, we reveal 30 amazing pictures that show what Blackpool has looked like throughout the decades and some of the famous faces who have enjoyed a trip to this wonderful town.