Heritage tsar in resort to look at seaside legacy

Winter Gardens Floral Hall.
Winter Gardens Floral Hall.
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Blackpool’s history will be in the spotlight tomorrow when English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley visits the resort.

Mr Thurley will be launching a new book telling the story of the resort from the middle of the 18th century, and speaking at a seaside heritage seminar being held at the Winter Gardens.

He said: “In 1934 English novelist, playwright and broadcaster, JB Priestly, called Blackpool ‘the great roaring spangled beast’. Blackpool has a rich heritage and it is because this heritage is at the heart of the regeneration project that it will have a great future.”

Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn said: “The support we’ve enjoyed from English Heritage over the last 10 years has been fantastic. We’ve had some tough decisions to make and have often relied on the specialist advice that English Heritage has been able to provide.

“The seminar will be a great opportunity for people to ask questions about the future for heritage in Blackpool.”