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See famous Blackpool sights captured on old postcards

This week is the second and final part of our look at glorious old postcard style drawings showing Blackpool in Victorian days.

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Bobby Bennett, entertainer'Historical, 1994

Barry Band: Pop and rock tour stories struck a familiar note for Bobby

Last week’s piece about the expansion of rock and pop tours in the 1960s brought a response from former Blackpool based singer-comedian Bobby Bennett.

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The Hotel Majestic in its early days, when it was known as the Imperial Hydro, St Annes

Grand old St Annes hotel was both majestic and imperial

It was once one of St Annes’ most powerful landmarks. The Majestic Hotel can no longer be seen, but at one time it was the symbol of the resort in its Edwardian heyday.

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Just yards from the Golden Mile and seafront, this was Pleasant View

Take a trip down the lost back streets of Blackpool’s old centre

Tucked away in the heart of Blackpool, just yards from the Golden Mile and seafront, once upon a time, was this jumble of properties.

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The morning after the fire ripped through South Pier, in February 1958

Looking back at the fire which gutted South Pier Pavilion in 1958

Sixty years ago on Monday, a devastating blaze struck an iconic Blackpool landmark.

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Jack Lea'at Fleetwood Market in July 1981

Taking a look back at Fleetwood Market four decades ago

The market started out life in 1840. Market rights were granted to Fleetwood Market in 1725, but it wasn’t until 1840 that Sir Peter Hesketh started using them, and a Victorian market was built in the port.

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Gerry and The Pacemakers

Barry Band: How the 60s rocked Blackpool’s show scene

Joe Brown’s recent Grand Theatre concert gave some fans a mental flashback to the very beginning of the Swinging Sixties in Blackpool.

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BOP after it had been demolished being examined by Royal Engineers and Hungarian PoWs, at Fairhaven Lake, in 1946

The real dad’s army: War-time frontline in Fylde

Step back in time to a rarely-seen glimpse into Fylde’s past.

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Royal Palace Gardens

Step back in time to see Blackpool’s famous sights

These wonderful postcard-style line-drawn pictures will transport you back to a different time in Blackpool.

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Thornton for Cleveleys Railway Station in the early 20th century

All aboard to see disused Thornton-Cleveleys train station back in its heyday

Today, the majority of its buildings have long since been demolished, but the platforms at Thornton Cleveleys railway station remain.

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The Lytham Baths building on the corner of Central Beach and Dicconson Terrace, which originally included a concert hall and ballroom.

Then and now: How the past can still be seen in Lytham

This “then and now” is a bit like a spot the difference on the face of it.

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The Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool, pictured in April 1971

History of Blackpool house turned hotel

Built as a grand manor house in 1869, and sited in acres of countryside, the Norbreck was purchased by JH Shorrocks in the latter years of Queen Victoria’s reign.

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Gazette article from February 7, 1958 day after the Munich air disaster which killed Man Utd players

Blackpool mourned with Manchester United

Tuesday marks 60 years since one of the most shocking and tragic disasters in football.

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York Road, St Annes, 1890s

Pictures of the past: Glorious St Annes

It’s hard to believe some of these views are St Annes in the past.

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Noah's Ark pictured here in the 80s was launched in 1922

IN PICTURES: Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the 80s and 90s

Most adults who grew up in the North West will have fond memories of childhood visits to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
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Hitting all the right notes with Blackpool tribute to war victim

What’s the connection between the Blackpool Tower Circus’ musical director and a talented violinist who was killed in the First World War?
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Transport yourself back in time to see a Blackpool no longer visible today

Travel back in time to the centre of Blackpool with our black-and-white archive photos.

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Charlie Cairoli and Reg Dixon at Tower organ in 1955

Unique Wurlitzer sounds strike a chord in Blackpool for so many over the years

There’s something about the sound of a Wurlitzer organ which conjures up wonderful seaside memories for so many people.

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Lawrence Wright

Barry Band: Blackpool’s morale-boosting shows distracted a war-weary public

One Hundred Years Ago is the starting point of “flashback” columns in newspapers and magazines.

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