Hello. Since I was last in Blackpool a lot has been happening, and the extensive renovations along the Promenade have been completed to make it a pleasure to walk along. There is still a lot more which could be done on the other side of the road however. The traditional shops, cafes, and amusement arcades are still very popular, but the upper floors of the buildings are in a state of disrepair and look quite shabby in places. I suppose it's all down to who owns them, and if they can afford to do anything about it. The trouble is that any buildings on a sea front are going to deteriorate quicker than anywhere else, and need a lot of money to keep them up to scratch. It's an ongoing battle with nature.
On Monday Carol and I set off from her house, she lives about a mile from the sea front at Cleveleys. The plan was to walk to Blackpool, stop when we'd had enough, and get a tram back. It was blustery, but at least it was dry and warmish. There are still a few of these old shelters about.
look at the brochure if you want to book it.
We carried on walking along the Prom. The donkeys are out giving the kiddies rides. A tradition which dates back a long time. I hate to see animals used for human amusement, I hope they look after them. Here is a BBC article about their welfare. The donkeys have to have a one hour daily lunch break, and have one day off per week.
Hoooraaay, we have made it to the Pleasure Beach. I wondered at this point if Carol would like to call it a day and get on the tram to go back, but no, she was game to explore some more. We went to the reception to purchase tickets for entry to the park. It is £6 per person to enter, this includes a ride on the little train. Extra tickets can be purchase to go on the other rides, but we decided not to. I excitedly told the young man on the desk that I used to work on the hot dog, waffle, and donuts stall over 45 years ago, and this visit would bring back many happy memories for me. I was dead chuffed when he gave us a free ticket so there was only one to pay for. Now that's good customer service.
Now you have enjoyed our walk from Cleveleys to the Pleasure Beach, perhaps you would like to ride the tram back with us.
That's the end of the holiday pics. Blimey, I thought I was hungry, I've missed lunch. Better get an early dinner. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.