A family-run business devastated by flood damage isn’t letting the weather dampen spirits ahead of its 65th anniversary.
Brooks Collectables opened in the resort the same year the Illuminations restarted after the Second World War, 1949, to sell toys, collectables and keepsakes.
The shop has been owned and run by three generations of the Yates family, on Waterloo Road, South Shore, as a gift emporium.
In recent years, it has expanded to include a toy museum on its first floor and has starting selling products successfully online around the world.
But the business was left with a bill running into thousands of pounds after flood waters wrecked the property earlier this year.
To mark its anniversary ,the independent retailer has brought in a world exclusive to display – a 22 carat gold model of a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport.
Owner Mark Yates said: “We’re chuffed to bits to celebrate this anniversary, we’re so lucky, as a family, to have been in business this long and we really appreciate all the support we get.
“As a small business we’re dedicated to promoting this area of Blackpool.
“The key thing we’ve got for our celebration is the Bugatti model. It’s worth £2,500 and an exclusive, which for us is incredible.”
When storms battered the Fylde coast in early February, flood waters poured into the property situated at the promenade end of Waterloo Road, just metres from the sea wall.
Mr Yates added: “The floods have set us back about three months. We’ve restructured the building so water can’t get through again and we’ve raised parts.
“We didn’t lose any stock, but the damage to the carpet cost £2,000 and, in terms of not being open and refitting the building, it cost us thousands of pounds again.”
Undeterred, to mark its anniversary bosses have brought in a number of other specialist attractions, including a penny arcade and retro machines.
Mr Yates said: “We’ve got penny slot machines, an old What The Butler Saw for the dads, a vintage table top Space Invaders and Pacman and Pacland machines. We’ll be continuing to bring in attractions through the year to mark the date.”