Inspiring Blackpool

The first of a series of events celebrating the centenary of the Grundy Art Gallery and Central Library in Blackpool took place in the Grundy with the performance of a specially-commissioned song about the resort, 'Life In A Day'.'The Blackpool Ladies' Choir perform amongst Illuminations pieces in the main gallery.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'10-7-2012
The first of a series of events celebrating the centenary of the Grundy Art Gallery and Central Library in Blackpool took place in the Grundy with the performance of a specially-commissioned song about the resort, 'Life In A Day'.'The Blackpool Ladies' Choir perform amongst Illuminations pieces in the main gallery. PIC BY ROB LOCK'10-7-2012

A commissioned song about the resort received its public debut at a packed Grundy Art Gallery event celebrating the activities and results of the Blackpool 100 project.

Life In A Day, was part of the Blackpool Song Project in which 16 people aged from 12 to 90 from all over Blackpool came together to write a song for the town.

Music leaders Anni Tracey and Richard French from MoreMusic led the sessions, working initially with local history librarian Tony Sharky to find inspiration in the Blackpool Archives for the song.

It was created over seven weeks and Blackpool Ladies Choir performed the finished song at the Blackpool 100 celebration evening.

Blackpool Ladies Choir was formed 50 years ago by Blackpool Girls Choir founder Phyllis Dunkerley, to enable older members to continue singing together.

Over the years the choir has welcomed past Girls Choir members and been joined by other local singers. The present choir has about 30 members with deputy conductor Kath Vaquer leading the rehearsals and conducting the choir at the celebration evening.

The Blackpool Song Project is part of the Blackpool 100, a Blackpool Council Cultural Services initiative supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Blackpool 100 has involved over 1000 people of all ages in eight different projects which celebrate the centenaries of Central Library and Grundy Art Gallery through creative writing, recording, photography, film making and song writing.

Working with schools, residents, visitors and community groups the projects explored and responded to the town’s heritage while creating contemporary pieces of work that will be archived for future generations.

Blackpool cabinet member for tourism and culture councillor Graham Cain praised the results of the entire Blackpool 100 Project .

“It has produced some very good work and some great surprises to show the world what Blackpool has to offer,” he said.

He also pledged a further £250,000 into cultural services.

“That’s the commitment I’ve got – we are investing in the cultural services in Blackpool,” he said. “I want everyone to think – be inspired, be involved and be in Blackpool.”