Making a splash in sunsoaked resort

Blackpool Promenade and town centre basking in the sunshine.
Blackpool Promenade and town centre basking in the sunshine.
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A sunny weekend saw thousands of people flock to the resort from all over the country.

Tourism bosses, traders and hoteliers had all been keeping their fingers crossed for consecutive days of sunshine to entice families to the resort, and they were not disappointed as the sun beat down on the town.

Children enjoyed the sun, sea and sand with their parents while others enjoyed Blackpool’s many attractions as temperatures crept up over the bank holiday weekend.

Families and couples took advantage of the weather and cheap deals on travel, accommodation and entry fees across the resort.

Sue Eley, 43, from Swansea, was spending the weekend with her two daughters, Abigail Garrett, 11, and Rhiannon Garrett, 16, and her two aunts.

Mrs Eley said: “My aunts come for a weekend here every year, but the last time I was here was when I was 18.

“Blackpool is a lot more inviting and there’s a lot more here for children that’s worth coming for.

“We paid to go into Madame Tussauds and will go down to the Pleasure Beach for a stroll later on.”

Mrs Eley’s aunt, Janet Francis 61, has been coming to Blackpool for 25 years.

She added: “It’s a nice weekend without the men and we always come back.

“We stay at the same hotel and it’s great for what we want.”

The town’s recent regeneration on both the Promenade and some of it’s much-loved attractions has also struck a chord with young professionals.

Trainee solicitors Mike Reed, 25, and Lauren Broadbent, 25, both from Birmingham, came to Blackpool because they believe it is the closest holiday destination to their home.

Mr Reed said: “We decided to come here the other day because it’s a bank holiday weekend and it’s somewhere near to us.

“It’s easy for us to get to, but there’s plenty of hotels which are all reasonably priced for us.”

Miss Broadbent added: “We’ve had fish and chips and wandered along the Pier, and it’s been really good because of the weather.”

Mum Louise Farmer, 39, from Birminham, added: “We decided to come for the weekend because it’s not far from us.

“The last time we came was four years ago and the work on the Prom had started, but it was nothing like this, and this is all very impressive.”

Sadly the sun was set to disappear this afternoon with the rain forecast to make an unwelcome return.