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Damp and Dull Today in Blackpool

November 19, 2008 Leave a comment

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Work continues on the new headland in front of Blackpool Tower.

It will provide a new outdoor performance and events space capable of accommodating up to 20,000 spectators. This scheme is an important first step in the town’s ambitions to develop a contemporary seafront that is extraordinary and will meet the rising aspirations of leisure seekers.

The st. chads Headland the adjoining parades are already open to the public with other headlands nearing completion.

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the tide creeps in araound North Pier.

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groups of Oystercatchers along the tide line in the evening gloom. Quite common on the beach in the winter but rare in the summer.

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Blackpool Christmas lights Switch On 15/11/08

November 16, 2008 2 comments

Atomic Kitten

Atomic Kitten

The girls of Atomic Kitten head the bill at the christmas lightrs Switch On

Pongo

Pingu

Pingu and Friends were also there.

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Christmas Lights in the entrance to the Houndshill Shopping centre.

Christmas display

Christmas display

The Christmas Display in the Concourse outside Debenhams store in the shopping centre.

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Aztec 1

Some flamboyant Aztec buskers around as well.

Aztec 2

Aztec 2

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The Christmas tree in Talbert Square with Bauble lights behind and the north Pier in the background.

Blackpool Christmas Illuminations Fri. 13/11/2008

November 15, 2008 2 comments

Christmas is almost upon us and to celebrate the festive season, on Saturday 15th November  Blackpool will be doing what it does best and illuminating the town centre with it’s grand 2008 Christmas Light’s Switch On.

Not only will Blackpool residents and visitors be able to see the streets of the town illuminated, but they will also have the chance to meet newly re-united pop trio Atomic Kitten!

Exclusive Preview

Below are previw pictures of some of the Christmas lighting taken during a trial run on Thursday night.

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The illuminated Blackpool Town Hall

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One of the new chanderliers hanging in Bank Hay Street

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Blackpool Christmas Tree

November 13, 2008 Leave a comment

img_3795sml1The Illuminations department wereputting up the new Christmas Tree in St. johns Square tonight.

The Christmas Illuminations are now up and the new moving light displays are working in Church street and Corporation street. More pictures tomorrow.

Blackpool Pictures from the top of the Tower – Sunday 2/11

November 5, 2008 1 comment

Bright sunny day.

The Norbreck Castle Hotel

The Norbreck Castle Hotel

The Norbreck Castle at Bispham in a patch of bright sun. Morecambe Bay and the Lake District in the background.

Barrow in Furness

Barrow in Furness

Zoomed across Morecambe bay to Barrow and the dock yards.

BAE Yard at Barrow

BAE Yard at Barrow

Digitally zoomed in further to clearly see the huge BAE ship yard buildings at Barrow.

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Zommed in on Preston

Zoomed in on Preston

The City of Preston in the distance.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle and South Pier

South Pier

Central Pier

South Beach

South Beach

Towards the pleasure Beach without any zoom. Clearly shows the construction of the new prom and three of the new headlands. You could easily get a couple of football pitches on each one.

North Pier

North Pier

Close up

Close up

Wind Farm

Wind Farm

Part of the wind farm near to Barrow. Hardly visible with the naked eye from the top of the Tower but each one is a similar height.

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Blackpool and Fylde College

Blackpool and Fylde College

Blackpool and fylde College, the River Wyre estuary behind, then Morecambe Bay and Haysham power station.

the lifeboat station

the lifeboat station

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The Gasometer at Kew near Southport

The Gasometer at Kew near Southport

I can just make out the shape of the gasometer at Kew in the haze above the Ribble estuary.