Crowds flock to see splash of urban art

Adelaide Street is given a refreshing splash of colour thanks to the Sand, Sea and Spray urban street artists.

Adelaide Street is given a refreshing splash of colour thanks to the Sand, Sea and Spray urban street artists.

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There’s a new side to art in Blackpool – in fact, there are six of them.

Half a dozen sites across the resort have been reimagined and covered in street art thanks to the annual Sand, Sea and Spray urban art festival.

Hundreds turned out to join in with painting and view work as it went up, on the side of the Winter Gardens and in front of Blackpool Tower as well as on New South Promenade, on Saturday and Sunday.

And otherwise boring car parks off Palatine Road and Church Street are now awash with colour as artists left their mark.

Organiser Robin Ross said: “The public’s response has been phenomenal, on Saturday people driving past the Winter Gardens were slowing down to take photos from their cars, we reckon there were about 2,000 of them.”

Crowds flocked to all six sites where artists from all over the world were working, including on North Pier where residents were invited to join in with painting.

And in the car park between Church Street and Cooksoon Street world renowned street artists redid the popular street art walls.

Robin added: “We have a bit of Australia, England, France, America, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Norway and New Zealand on those walls.

“All those countries on a car park in Blackpool - it’s amazing.

“These artists just love Blackpool.”