Amazing images of Blackpool in wartime from the Gazette archives: Day 1

In the run up to the VE Day celebrations on Friday, we thought we'd share some amazing pictures with you throughout this week.

Monday, 4th May 2020, 6:33 pm
Updated Monday, 4th May 2020, 6:36 pm
VE Day: US band and crowd in Talbot Square in 1945
VE Day: US band and crowd in Talbot Square in 1945

Every night this week we'll be publishing a new gallery of fascinating images showing Blackpool in wartime during World War II from the Gazette archives. Here's the first installment:

An anti-aircraft gun on The Promenade
An emergency water supply tank at North Pier

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Fairhaven Lake gun battery observation post in 1946
Girls arriving at Thames Road school with masks in 1939
A German Messerschmitt 109 aircraft in Church Street in 1940
The Home Guard question a suspected spy in 1942
Nursery Methodist Church schoolrooms opened 1941
A newsboy selling the Gazette on the street in 1940
Members of the RAF practice an air sea rescue in Derby Baths in 1943
RAF parade on The Promenade
The RAF undergo physical training exercises on the beach in 1940
Sandbags at Lytham Police Station in 1939
A sea mine on the coast in Fleetwood
Shelter for 100 people being built at Raikes Hill in 1939
US troops parade at Blackpool Town Hall in November 1942
VJ celebrations in Dale Street, Blackpool in August 1945