I HAVE wonderful memories of living in Blackpool in the ‘60s; happy days at the open air baths, munching hot popcorn on the Pleasure Beach, queuing to ride the log flume, chasing pennies on South Pier.
Leicester, a city that couldn’t be further from the sea, is now my home, and to celebrate my sixtieth birthday, my partner of some 30-odd years, a Leicester lad, booked a holiday cottage in Lytham.
So began my sentimental journey, and how Blackpool has changed.
The seafront looks amazing as posh trams trundle up and down a smart, spotlessly clean promenade. Festival House is brilliant, full to brimming with tourist information and cheery, friendly staff who couldn’t be more helpful.
We had a fantastic week walking the length of the Fylde coast in all weathers.
I don’t remember seeing oystercatchers, little stints, redshanks, turnstones, ringed plovers when I was young, but maybe that’s because I wasn’t aware of them then?
There was no need to use the car as we took advantage of great value day tickets and hopped on and off buses and trams on our travels.
I’d hoped to celebrate my birthday atop the Tower, but it was closed because of ongoing maintenance.
Never mind. Seeing it lit up from top to toe was memorable indeed.
Congratulations Blackpool on all you are doing to enhance a unique, family-friendly seaside resort.
I’ll certainly be beating the Blackpool drum to the land-locked residents of Leicester, and it won’t be long before I visit again.
REGARDING the recent interest about the Help The Poor Struggler pub and its links to the hangman Albert Pierrepoint, I thought I would try and clarify.
The pub was situated on Manchester Road at number 303.
I used to live at 355 Manchester Road at the time when Albert Pierrepoint was the landlord which was from 1946 to 1954.
During his time there I believe a few celebs visited the pub, one I heard about was Diana Dors,
The pub was demolished in 1998 for road widening, this photograph is from 1972.
North Albert Street,
WITH reference to the reader (Letters February 2) trying to donate food items to needy families, may I draw your attention to the Kensington Foundation Resource Centre at 216 Whitegate Drive.
All year round we supply clothes, toys, furniture and food to many families needing help and we are always very grateful for any donations.
We can be contacted on (01253) 761444, or any items (excluding furniture) can be received at our office.