25 nostalgic pictures of Blackpool in 1981 from Margaret Thatcher and Barbara Windsor to Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides

This rewind to 1981 reminds us of how our resort looked in an era which is 42 years ago.

It was the year of heavy snowfall, strike action and a Conservative Conference which saw Margaret Thatcher address the party by saying ‘the conference focussed on the plight of the unemployed’. Blackpool FC played Fleetwood Town and our beautiful Grand Theatre was finally reopened after a chequered few years.