Spooky fun for resort’s busiest week

The Circus of Horrors is one of the big attractions. Below: Christie O'Doherty with his mascot design.

The Circus of Horrors is one of the big attractions. Below: Christie O'Doherty with his mascot design.

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Award-winning Blackpool tourism bosses are promising a half term week of spooky fun for Fylde coast families.

Whether people want to take a trip through Blackpool’s six miles of Illuminations, experience the thrills and spills of big rides, jaw-dropping circus acts or spooktactular events, they say there is something to suit every person whatever their age, or budget in Blackpool’s busiest week of the year.

Christy O'Doherty with his Rocky the resort pass

Christy O'Doherty with his Rocky the resort pass

Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool, said: “October half-term is the busiest week of the year in Blackpool and we look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors into the resort.

“Of course we’ve got the huge attraction that is the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations shining for an extra week this year until November 10 but we’ve also got events and activities happening all over the resort too.

“As ever in Blackpool there are plenty of activities taking place over the holiday to suit everybody and when you couple into that the fact that it’s Halloween and Illuminations season, it is sure to be a fabulous week.”

It comes as Marketing Blackpool won a top accolade for its guide to conferences and meeting venues in the resort.

The guide was shortlisted as a finalist in the Meetings Industry Marketing Awards (MIMAs), which was held in London on Thursday evening, and finished second behind Hackney Venues, ensuring it won a silver award.

Marketing Blackpool tourism manager Mandy Tythe-McCallum said: “We were absolutely delighted to be shortlisted at the MIMAs so to walk away with silver is great news. This year’s guide is completely different to anything we have ever done before and that has clearly been recognised.”

Family fun in the resort this week includes children’s favourite Sooty who will be meeting families at the Visit Blackpool Tourist Information Centre between 10am and noon tomorrow.

In The Blackpool Tower Dungeons, visitors are guaranteed a horribly gruesome time but if you’re after a friendlier face then pop down to The Tower Circus where you can travel Around the World with Mooky and Boo. Halloween events are being held at a number of attractions including Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which will see the return of Vampire Pleasure Beach between 4pm and 10pm on October 31. And the Circus of Horrors will be terrifying showgoers at The Globe.

Visit www.visitblackpool.com for more details.

Christie’s the star with his Rocky design

Tourism worker Christie O’Doherty will leave a lasting impression on Blackpool after creating the resort’s official mascot.

Christie, 21, is employed at Marketing Blackpool through Blackpool Council’s Positive Steps Programme, delivered in partnership with public service provider A4e.

Initially Christie was employed in a short term role to enable him to gain experience working in an office, but when Christie revealed he had a flair for art his talents were soon put to work and he was tasked with creating VisitBlackpool’s Resort Pass mascot Rocky. Marketing Blackpool tourism manager Mandy Tythe-McCallum said: “When we first took Christie on we wanted to give him a chance to grow his skills and gain confidence.”

Christie said: “To be asked to design the mascot was brilliant and to see the real thing is amazing.”

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