Weekend scorcher brings sun seekers

Hundreds of people flock to Blackpool to enjoy the bank holiday sun and (below) Zambar the Amur tiger enjoys the hottest day of the year so far at Blackpool Zoo.
Hundreds of people flock to Blackpool to enjoy the bank holiday sun and (below) Zambar the Amur tiger enjoys the hottest day of the year so far at Blackpool Zoo.
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A record-breaking bank holiday scorcher saw visitors flock to Blackpool in their droves to enjoy the resort’s tourist attractions.

The roads into the town were packed on Monday morning, and some of the resort’s biggest attractions has reported best-ever visitor numbers.

Zambar the Amur tiger enjoys the hottest day of the year so far at Blackpool Zoo.

Zambar the Amur tiger enjoys the hottest day of the year so far at Blackpool Zoo.

At Blackpool Zoo, the hottest day of 2013 saw more people at the attraction than at any time in its 41-year history.

Numbers were up 18 per cent on the last busiest day, which was in September 2010, and up 42 per cent from last year’s May Day bank holiday.

The zoo stayed open an extra hour over the weekend to allow thousands of visitors to enjoy more of the sunshine.

Marketing manager 
Della Belk, said: “This truly has been a wonderful start to the season and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors throughout the rest of 2013.”

At the resort’s Merlin attractions, numbers were up 16 per cent from the same time last year.

Head of Merlin in Blackpool, Iain Hawkins, said: “It was lovely to see the town and the beach so busy again, mainly because of the weather but it highlights how important Blackpool is as a resort.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said thousands of families visited the attraction, and Paul Wane from Fly Blackpool said their new helicopter flights from the beach were so busy over the weekend they had to turn some people away.

As well as the weather, the resort was boosted by three conventions held over the weekend – the Northern Soul Weekender at Blackpool Tower, the Baptist Assembly at Norbreck Castle Hotel and the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs annual convention at the Winter Gardens.

Claire Smith from Stay Blackpool said: “It’s been an amazing bank holiday, thank goodness. It was how Blackpool should be every year, with everyone having a good time.”

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