See what’s changed - and what hasn’t - since this 1950s film in Blackpool

Holiday, directed by John Taylor and released in 1957, can be seen for free on the British Film Institute's website
Holiday, directed by John Taylor and released in 1957, can be seen for free on the British Film Institute's website
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“Journey’s end is also a beginning. Sun and breeze bring a first reviving whiff and promise of a world of holiday.

“Office and kitchen, school, factory and mill escape to the seaside of Lancashire.

“Mum and dad, lass and lad, we’ve come back here for as long as we can remember. What excitement this year? What romance? What thrills await us now?”

Those were the opening words in John Taylor’s travelogue, produced for British Transport Films, and available to watch online through the British Film Institute’s website.

The 18 minute film shows the delights of 1950s Blackpool holidays, and marries lively jazz music with the dynamic exploits of Lancashire’s vivacious holidaymakers.

Some attractions shown off remain, such as the Pleasure Beach’s historic Flying Machines. Some, however, are long gone, like the Open Air Baths at South Shore.

Some sights are unlikely to be seen again for reasons of health and safety, like the taking off of a four-winged prop plane on the sand (pictured above).

But some could have been filmed yesterday, like the tourist dressed as a cowboy, complete with hat, or the variety of street entertainment and food – including hot dogs and world-famous Blackpool rock – on offer.

The film can be watched online at tinyurl.com/ybxy3fen