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Imagine being able to step into a time machine and see how the streets of Blackpool used to look... well now you can.

It is the kind of trip Doctor Who fans dream of – and now anyone can travel back to the past and see how the Fylde Coast has changed over the years.

St John's Square, Blackpool, in October 2009. Photo from Google Time Machine

St John's Square, Blackpool, in October 2009. Photo from Google Time Machine

It may not have the same spacious interior as the more famous Tardis, but Google’s Time Machine lets users see how the area has evolved since it first launched its Street View feature in 2007.

From the complete makeover of St John’s Square to the overhaul of the Promenade, the changing face of Blackpool is well documented online.

And, further north, users can see how the seafront at Cleveleys has been transformed in recent years.

Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust Joan Humble said Google’s offering would complement the wealth of history books showing how the Fylde coast has changed over the last century.

She said: “I think it’s an excellent idea. People very quickly forget what parts of Blackpool used to look like.

“As we wander down our beautiful Prom it is very difficult to remember what it looked like before all the work was done – and this will help.”

She said the Trust has worked with the council to develop a blue plaque heritage trail detailing how the resort has changed and said tools like this will help people visualise it.

She added: “Blackpool has had so much building and re-building in a relatively short space of time and it can be quite confusing to try and visualise where old demolished buildings were.”

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