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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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Arts Gifts At Granthams

Arts Gifts At Granthams

Anybody who dabbles in arts and crafts in Blackpool and the Fylde probably knows where Granthams is. It’s a cornucopia of lovely stuff to feed one’s creativity and if what you want is not there, it can be got in for you. The staff are lovely and are generally artists

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Christmas Gifts: When Fandoms Collide By Gareth Monger

Christmas Gifts: When Fandoms Collide By Gareth Monger

This cleverly written book makes the perfect stocking filler for the loveable geek in your life. Talented, local artist and writer, Gareth Monger takes you on an adventure via his distinctive writing style, inventive plot and witty humour. The author of When Fandoms Collide tells us about his new book

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Santa Riding The Tram Into Town

Santa Riding The Tram Into Town

Blackpool is lucky in having retained its tramway system at all, when so many other places threw trams away only to spend a fortune reinstating their systems decades later. Not only that, we have both our new state-of-the-art trams and our older vehicles: over-night ‘the trams’ became ‘the heritage trams’. Able to

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Fabulous Forties at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Fabulous Forties at Blackpool Winter Gardens

It was a night of contrasts at the Winter Gardens last Friday. The Chemical Brothers were the headline act in the Empress Ballroom. For those after something completely different Aunty Social were showing the 1943 film classic Stormy Weather. As one of those who opted for cinematic treats over block

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  • Help Blackpool Sixth Form #bethemiracle
  • Help Blackpool Sixth Form #bethemiracle

Help Blackpool Sixth Form #bethemiracle

Child poverty is an issue in Blackpool that we are all too aware of.  It is both a local and a national problem that seems to be ever growing.  Students and staff at The Blackpool Sixth Form College are using their talents to raise awareness of this significant issue. Ten

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