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Blackpool Lights up my life!

October 20, 2013

Electric Tram Disguised as aTrainElectric tram disguised as a train!

One of three piers in Blackpool. A Victorian icon.

I One of three piers in Blackpool. A Victorian icon.

Having spent a few days in Blackpool, Lancashire I am exhausted. Blackpool,for those who don’t know is the Mecca of the North of England for light shows,Hen and Stag week-ends and tat! Sounds awful doesn’t it? It is a must do once in a British life-time and my Mum loves it. This was the purpose of the exercise,and we had a great family break.

Many years ago Blackpool extended their tourist season by introducing “the Lights” Through to the end of October. This brilliant marketing ploy has certainly worked. Families, teenagers, Granny’s, stag groups and hen nights flock to the town ostensibly to see the lights. These tableaux of lights stretch for about two miles along  the seaside promenade. Cars crawl slowly along the prom. with children and adults alike hanging out of the windows to get a good view of these light pictures. Some are animated, some are advertisements, and some a positively vintage. “The lights” come on at dusk and off at about 2 am.

As a family we caught an illuminated tram disguised as a steam train. As it trundled along the tracks the whole tram was covered in coloured and flashing lights. It was great fun and took one hour and twenty minutes to cover the round trip through all of the lights. For generations families have visited this attraction,bought Blackpool rock and “Kiss me Quick” hats. Long may it continue.

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