And now for some rather different pictures of Blackpool

Giant illuminations hand fell on car belonging to Gail Turner , at North Shore, 1990
Giant illuminations hand fell on car belonging to Gail Turner , at North Shore, 1990

Not something you see every day!

These archive pictures show some of the more unusual Fylde coast sights captured on camera over the years during the last century.

St Annes Road Post Office, at the junction with Harcourt Road, Blackpool.  Demolition under way. Only the staircase remains in this picture.

St Annes Road Post Office, at the junction with Harcourt Road, Blackpool. Demolition under way. Only the staircase remains in this picture.

It might look like something from a film, but a giant Illuminations hand was captured on camera, by Gazette photographer Bill Johnson, after it fell onto a car belonging to Gail Turner, in North Shore. The picture was then included in an exhibition of Bill’s work at the Grundy Gallery, in 1990.

And not from a film, but from a TV series, are 10 giant spiders pictured stopping traffic on the Promenade, in 1974, en route to the Dr Who exhibition. They had featured in the hit BBC show.

Hanging mid-air is a staircase from the St Annes Road post office, at the junction with Harcourt Road, in South Shore, Blackpool, as the building underwent demolition.

And stopping mid-air, as it developed, is Blackpool Tower – seen here under construction, in 1891.

Brian London on January 13th 1959, 24 hours after his fight with Henry Cooper.

Brian London on January 13th 1959, 24 hours after his fight with Henry Cooper.

The last remnant of Blackpool’s Great Wheel is pictured being dismantled, in June 1929. The demolition of the imposing structure had begun in 1928.

Workmen can be seen helping to steady Jacob Epstein’s Adam, as he started his journey from Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in Blackpool, to his new home in Edinburgh, in 1961.

A bruised Brian London is shown sporting a black eye, on January 13, 1959 – just 24 hours after his fight with Henry Cooper.

And it wasn’t every day you saw men on top of the empty shell of a Blackpool building – as shown in our picture from 1932, of the aftermath of a huge fire at the RHO Hills Department Store in Bank Hey Street.

The last remnant of the Blackpool Giant Wheel  being dismantled in 1929

The last remnant of the Blackpool Giant Wheel being dismantled in 1929

Workmen are captured in camera, clearing 7ft snow drifts in January 1940, near the Miners Home in Bispham.

Workmen help to steady Jacob Epstein's Adam  as he starts his journey from Louis Tussaud's Waxworks , Blackpool to his new home in Edinburgh, 1961

Workmen help to steady Jacob Epstein's Adam as he starts his journey from Louis Tussaud's Waxworks , Blackpool to his new home in Edinburgh, 1961

Fire at RHO Hills , Bank Hey Street,  Blackpool, January 1932

Fire at RHO Hills , Bank Hey Street, Blackpool, January 1932

10 Giant Spiders (starring in the BBC series) stop the traffic on Blackpool Promenade as they make their way to the Dr Who Exhibition in 1974

10 Giant Spiders (starring in the BBC series) stop the traffic on Blackpool Promenade as they make their way to the Dr Who Exhibition in 1974

The mighty Blackpool Tower under construction in 1891

The mighty Blackpool Tower under construction in 1891

Heavy snowfall in January 1940. 'Workmen clearing the snow drifts near the Miners Home at Bispham

Heavy snowfall in January 1940. 'Workmen clearing the snow drifts near the Miners Home at Bispham