Local historian Ted Lightbown is valiantly fighting a ‘lost’ cause.
Lost is the name of a new exhibition, curated by Ted, which shows the changing face of Blackpool’s street scene.
Around 100 blown up photographs make up the exhibition, now running at the Stanley Park Visitor Centre, next to the Art Deco Cafe, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm, until September 8.
Ted says: “The collection is a look back at some of the buildings that have been lost to Blackpool in recent years.
“Some are well-remembered and their loss is still felt, while others are largely forgotten.
“The reasons for their demolition are varied and include presumed progress, commercial pressures, social changes, fashion, redundancy, poor maintenance and fire, coupled with little appreciation of their architectural and aesthetic qualities or historical significance.”
Ted says: “It may be thought that we now know better and that the worst losses would not have happened today.”
But he warns: “This is not necessarily the case. It very much depends on the right people being better informed.”
A number of the buildings featured in the exhibition were designed by eminent architects Halstead Best and J C Derham or by J C Robinson, who was the borough architect.
Blackpool Council’s built heritage manager Carl Carrington says: “We’re really pleased to have had Ted as a guest curator on this exhibition.
“His knowledge of local history relating to the development of Blackpool and its architecture has resulted in a brilliant warning from the past about the consequence of not understanding how important our buildings are.
“I think the sheer scale of what’s disappeared is really brought home by the images in the display and hopefully it will make people remember and also engage them in supporting moves to preserve the important buildings we have left.”