End-of-pier party marks 150 years

Peter, Sue and Renee Sedgwick cut the birthday cake to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Blackpool's North Pier (below).

Peter, Sue and Renee Sedgwick cut the birthday cake to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Blackpool's North Pier (below).

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It’s entertained millions of people for a century and a half.

And last night Blackpool’s famous North Pier was given a 150th birthday party to remember, with revellers turning out on a sunny evening to celebrate the milestone.

Peter Sedgwick on the pier.

Peter Sedgwick on the pier.

Guests, including hoteliers, entertainers and dignitaries, were treated to Champagne and canapes at the pier’s Sun Lounge, before being thrilled by a show within the hallowed confines of 
its theatre.

Peter Sedgwick, who took over the running of the venue two years ago with his family, said: “It’s fabulous when you think 150 years ago there were 30,000 people seeing the Pier open, so it’s great to be here to see it still going and we’re very proud to own it.”

Mr Sedgwick says he is hopeful this special year for the Pier will see tourists flock on to its boardwalk over the course of the summer, but admitted the weather could play a part in determining success.

He said: “We’ve spent a vast amount of money underneath the Pier and at the same time we’re trying to make the venues better so it’s a real balancing act.

Poulton War Memorial in Queens Square with a plaque at the front which went missing in 1977.'When it was moved to Market Place in the late 1970s the plaque disappeared.  This was only realised in 2012, but a replica has been found and will be fixed to the memorial on June 1.

Poulton War Memorial in Queens Square with a plaque at the front which went missing in 1977.'When it was moved to Market Place in the late 1970s the plaque disappeared. This was only realised in 2012, but a replica has been found and will be fixed to the memorial on June 1.

“We need a lot of good weather to make the job a little bit easier and make a success of it, but we’ve got a fabulous crew and we’re absolutely over the moon to see the town out tonight.”

Newly installed Mayor of Blackpool Coun Eddie Collett was among those attending.

He said: “It’s glorious to celebrate 150 years of this marvellous establishment.

“It’s the pier that I’ve visited more often than the others.

“We wish it well for the future and its future will depend on investment.

“The rest of the coast is littered with piers that have fallen apart because they’ve not had the investment they need.

“The Sedgwick family have created investment and I wish them well with their endeavours.”


• More pictures from North Pier’s 150th birthday party – see Thursday’s Gazette.

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