And now for some rather different pictures of Blackpool

Not something you see every day!

Thursday, 10th January 2019, 2:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 3:09 pm
Giant illuminations hand fell on car belonging to Gail Turner , at North Shore, 1990

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

The last remnant of the Blackpool Giant Wheel being dismantled in 1929
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
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
Heavy snowfall in January 1940. Workmen clearing the snow drifts near the Miners Home at Bispham