Then and Now: Tourist information bureau

VISITORS to Blackpool will have to go to the seafront this summer to get the low down on the town.

The previously-seasonal tourist information centre across from the Tower has become an all-year operation, albeit at the expense of the existing bureau in Clifton Street.

As you might expect, the council is playing down the cost-cutting element in the changes which, for this summer at least, will mean no seasonal staff taken on.

Instead the focus is on that fact that visitors will now be able to access all the tourism services they need under one roof.

The current centre has been there since the 1980s and, because of its exposed seafront location, it has to be weather proof as well as attractive.

It replaced the Art Deco building which was a little further north, opposite West Street.

The Gazette reported back in 1934 that trippers and excursionists could now count their happy hours on holiday by the electric clock above the entrance of this municipal facility.

We end this week's look at the past with a fine picture of a wooden hut-like bureau being taken by tractor and trailer, registration FV 93, from its winter quarters - wherever they were - to its summer home on the Promenade. You can clearly see the old Illuminations windmill to the left of the picture.

So while today's information centre might have all the latest hi-tech trappings, compared to that earlier modest mobile bureau, throughout the decades Blackpool has always ensured that visitors can have their holiday questions answered.

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