Weird and wonderful left in Blackpool hotels

Travelodge, Balmoral Road, South Shore, Blackpool.
Travelodge, Balmoral Road, South Shore, Blackpool.
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A three-foot castle made entirely of Blackpool rock and a detailed log of Pleasure Beach rides were among the bizarre items a hotel chain claims were found in its resort rooms in 2013.

Travelodge has released a list containing what it says were the most bizarre pieces of lost property found in its South Promenade and South Shore branches.

But apparently the Blackpool hotels aren’t the only ones to have locally inspired belongings left behind by careless guests – with reports a two-foot high statue of the Angel of the North and a male mannequin dressed in a Newcastle United football shirt were found in a Tyneside Travelodge, according to the firm.

Coincidentally the chain says a pair of rowing oars were also left in its Cambridge branch, no doubt to the delight of Oxford based Boat Race fanatics.

More items found at the two Blackpool branches in 2013 included a collection of women’s wigs, a CD with a personal psychic reading, a suitcase of ballroom dresses, a bag full of hand written wishes for 2013, a book of tattoo designs, a case of cocktail mixes, a message in a bottle and a set of false legs each wearing a 
different shoe.

Unfortunately, staff from the branches were not available to verify the finds when The Gazette asked to speak to them directly.

But Shakila Ahmed, a Travelodge spokeswoman, said: “What is becoming evident after speaking to our customers is the pace of life has become so fast and we are so eager to get from A to B that valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”

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