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Interview: The Blue Room Community Pub

Interview: The Blue Room Community Pub

altBlackpool’s Clancy Mason catches up with Graham Moore from The Blue Room Community Pub, one of the five individuals behind the efforts to raise funds to secure the future for this historic venue. CM: Can you tell me a little bit about yourselves? What brought the five of you together?

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SpareParts On The Move With New Arts Council Funding

SpareParts On The Move With New Arts Council Funding

Preparations for SpareParts, the UK’s only Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport and travel, are getting underway with the fantastic news that Fleetwood Festival of Transport has been awarded a grant by Arts Council England (ACE)to tour SpareParts to two other transport Festivals in the North of

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Grundy Film Club Returns

Grundy Film Club Returns

There’s been a lot going on at The Grundy recently, including the acclaimed Neon exhibition and now the ever-popular show of local residents’ work. What some altBlackpool readers may have missed is the return of the film club, supported by the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The next instalment is this

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Resort Pass Means Blackpool Is Open For Business

Resort Pass Means Blackpool Is Open For Business

This pass is part of the resort’s ongoing effort to keep Blackpool at the forefront of British tourism. The pound’s currently depreciated level may make foreign travel suddenly more expensive, but the lure of predictable sunshine abroad will remain strong and there is always increasing domestic competition with new attractions

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Climbing Craze Is Clipping Good

Climbing Craze Is Clipping Good

Blackpool is sporting a resurgence in adventurous activities for locals with the new Clip ‘n Climb franchise joining ventures such as the ever popular Ascent and the soon to be opened Coast Riders Roller Rink in offering affordable year round family friendly fun for residents. So what is it? Clip

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Jill Gets A Kick Out Of Seaside Towns

Jill Gets A Kick Out Of Seaside Towns

Renowned local photographer Jill Reidy has recently launched a kickstarter campaign for her latest project, using her 40 years of Blackpool experience to now photo-document several other English seaside resorts.  I caught up with her this week to talk about what the project involves, and how altBlackpool readers can get

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Scottish Tram Gets New Lease Of Life In Blackpool

Scottish Tram Gets New Lease Of Life In Blackpool

The Blackpool Tramway might be shiny and new at the moment and many are looking forward to its extension to meet trains at Blackpool North railway station, but the resort’s tram heritage has not been forgotten. A dedicated heritage fleet team has been formed and is going from strength to

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Epic Awards: Celebrating voluntary arts

Epic Awards: Celebrating voluntary arts

The voluntary cultural sector is huge, incorporating drama groups, choirs, knitting circles, orchestras, dance troupes, painters, photographers, community arts and much, much more. Over 60,000 voluntary arts groups operate across the UK and Republic of Ireland, and their contribution to lives in their local community cannot be underestimated. Since 2010,

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  • 2016 In Pictures

2016 In Pictures

I have trawled the archives to pick a few favorites from 2016. From The Other Worlds Festival at the start of the year to the amazing LightPool in the Autumn.  I hope folks were able to capture at least some of the goings on in Blackpool last year and if

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Christmas Gifts: Blackpool Pubs Book

Christmas Gifts: Blackpool Pubs Book

Think you know all of Blackpool’s pubs? Well think again but, as luck would have, local builder Chris Bottomley and childhood friend Allan Wood have the ultimate guide for you. altBlackpool’s Michelina chats to Chris about the book. Michelina: Please tell us a little about the book? Chris: To our

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