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Blackpool Grand Theatre
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DOZENS of interesting heritage sites around Blackpool will open up to the public for free next month.

Twenty-four of Blackpool’s most interesting hidden gems will be available for people to enjoy as part of the Heritage Open Days weekend.

The event will include behind the scenes tours of the Grand Theatre and the opportunity to climb to the top of Stanley Park’s Cocker Memorial Tower.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for Tourism and Culture said: “Our Heritage Open Days programme has gone from strength to strength in recent years. We have such a superb, and sometimes unexpected, range of heritage sites here.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to find out more about the history on their doorstep.

“We are hugely grateful to everyone who gives up their time free of charge to put on these brilliant events and to pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm to the visitors.”

Favourite sites such as North Pier, the Winter Gardens and the Town Hall are involved again.

Two venues which proved hugely popular last year – Funny Girls and the Zoo Aviation Tour – are also back by popular demand.

Another popular site on this year’s list is the Comrade’s Club on Adelaide St.

Founded just after the First World War, this unassuming building houses an amazing model railway, an artist’s studio, the submariner’s room as well as wartime memorabilia.

The building was also the home to one of Blackpool’s first ever grammar schools.

People are encouraged to book places on some of the busier tours on (01253) 477044.