By Jennifer Jackson of Georgetown, Canada
My husband and I emigrated to Canada from our hometown Blackpool in 1966. Each time we come back we notice its decline. I even wrote a letter about it a few years ago.
Well, I take back my words. We visited and stayed on the Prom near Red Bank Road with my husband Michael, daughter Stephanie, son-in-law Dan and granddaughter Kate and were very proud of how the town has turned around.
The Tower was every bit as fantastic as I remembered it from the 50s when I was in the Tower Children’s Ballet as Jennifer Smith. I lived in Layton and attended Devonshire Infants and Junior Schools then Claremont Seniors.
It was like a trip down memory lane. We went up the Tower and saw the circus. Mooky the clown was amazing. My stomach hurt with laughing so much.
I’d forgotten the water feature at the end. I was five the first time I went. I hope my granddaughter remembers it as fondly as I do in years to come.
We saw SeaLife, had retail therapy at Marks and Spencer, saw how the seafront and behind old Central Station had noticeably improved. Be very proud. We were. My family loved the new section opened by David Hasselhoff at the Pleasure Beach, the Big Wheel at Central Pier, but our day at the Tower was our best day of the holiday.
Stanley Park was lovely and the food was really good. All in all, Blackpool is much improved – so get the hoardings down and fix up the eyesore site of the old Yates’s Wine Lodge, Blackpool, and you’re on your way.
We were blown away by how good it was. To see the decline finally halted and it all cleaned up is so good. My family loved it and were so glad they came, and we had eight days together until they went back to Canada – we stayed on in Poulton with one of my husband’s many cousins before returning 10 days later.
I also spotted this in Toronto Sun – “Blackpool, a coastal resort is nearing the end of its lengthy redevelopment. Its Promenade has been given a new look with new tram lines, landscaping and a wedding chapel and Merlin Developments (the force behind Madame Tussauds and the London Eye) has refurbished the landmark Blackpool Tower. While the town is still cheesy, it’s a nicer cheesy.”
Hopefully Torontonians will visit. Keep up the good work.