FORGET Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, crowds flocked to Blackpool Tower’s box office to take advantage of The Gazette’s own fantastic ticket bonanza.
Readers collected tokens last week and, in association with Merlin Entertainments, exchanged them for the Big Ticket which offers massive savings on seven top attractions including Madame Tussauds, The Sea Life Centre and Blackpool Tower Dungeon.
First in the queue braving chilly temperatures was Sandra Dunne, of Kingscourt Drive, Layton, who was collecting tickets for her three grandchildren, Jamie, 10, Abbie, nine and Ryan, six.
She said: “I’ve seen all the attractions before but this is a great saving and something I can take the grandchildren to. It’s a fantastic offer from The Gazette and Merlin.”
Linda Garside, 45, of Layton, Blackpool, went along with her daughter Hannah, 10. She said: “It’s such a great offer, especially in view of half term. We’ll have plenty to do this week.”
Hannah added: “I’m really excited about being able to go to the Sea Life Centre and see the sharks.”
And there were smiling faces from Fiona McGill, 39, of Crosby Road, St Annes, and her five-year-old daughter Erin.
Fiona said: “It’s a great offer.I can’t wait to see the attractions and I know Erin is really excited too.”
The Big Ticket gets residents into Merlin attractions for £20 – a saving of £99 on usual admission prices.
Iain Hawkins, head of Merlin Entertainments in Blackpool, said: “We are all absolutely delighted the residents of Blackpool and readers of The Gazette are taking the opportunity to take up this great offer.
“I often find, including myself, that locals do not always take advantage of the attractions on their doorstep.
“I’m sure the hundreds who redeemed their Gazette tokens will not only have a fantastic time but find they have a great array of world class quality attractions and another great reason to be proud of their town.”