Screening the biggest and brightest in town

A new digital screen has been built at North Pier ahead of its 150th birthday.
A new digital screen has been built at North Pier ahead of its 150th birthday.
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Blackpool North Pier may be 150 years old this month, but the oldest attraction in town has had a little face-lift to bring it into the modern era.

The owners of Blackpool’s North Pier are celebrating the installation of a new state-of-the-art digital display screen which, in its important 150th anniversary year, will show images of the pier throughout its history.

Renee Sedgwick, North Pier theatre director, said: “It is important the history of Blackpool’s oldest attraction is not forgotten.

“With the addition of the screen at the front of the pier, residents and visitors to the resort will be able to see photographs that have been taken throughout the pier’s 150 year history in high definition.

“It is a wonderful way to help preserve, and ensure people can learn about the North Pier’s heritage.”

The Grade II listed attraction, which celebrates its anniversary on May 21, is the oldest of the three Blackpool piers.

Built in 1863, more than 20,000 visitors flocked to the resort to see its unveiling.

Peter Sedgwick, who owns North Pier, added: “At the moment designs are being drawn up to promote the forthcoming season of family-friendly entertainment and events taking place at North Pier.

“It’s very exciting. We have been trialling the screen over the past week, showing beautiful old images of the pier.

“We have received some wonderful feedback.”

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