Trip to top of Blackpool Tower leaves John on a high

When you live on the Fylde coast, it can be easy to take the world class tourist attractions here for granted.

Friday, 29th June 2018, 10:47 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th July 2018, 6:18 pm
John Lawson said the birthday trip was suggested by his wife, Jenny
John Lawson said the birthday trip was suggested by his wife, Jenny

Dairy farmer John Lawson, from Poulton, has lived in the shadow of Blackpool Tower his whole life – but his busy job meant he never had time to take a trip to the top.

That all changed when he turned 80 earlier this year and his wife, Jenny, decided it was time for a long-overdue life experience.

On Wednesday he decided what all the fuss was about and made his way to the top of the 518ft landmark.

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John Lawson took his first ever trip to the top of Blackpool Tower at the age of 80.

“It was my wife’s idea,” he explained.

“She said ‘you’re going to do it’.

“I’ve never had change to go up it before because I’m a farmer. I’ve farmed in Hardhorn village all my life.”

But for John, the experience was definitely worth the wait.

“It was a wonderful day,” he said.

“I would do it again, certainly. I think everybody should do it.”

And his trip up the Tower was made all the sweeter by the recent good weather, which meant the couple were treated to a fine view over the Fylde coast.

“You could see for miles and miles,” he said.