Blackpool North Pier

B comes after A, and Blackpool comes after Anglesey for Photobook purposes, but we’re still at the seaside. The photograph above is of the North Pier – Blackpool has two other piers: the Central and South piers – along its famous Golden Mile. It’s one of the iconic shots of the popular resort on the North- West coast of England. I took all the shots in this post in 2018

One of the features that I love about Blackpool is the curved sea-defence steps below. This shot was taken from just further South than the North Pier, but in the background are the funfair and the South Pier.

Looking South to Central Pier

When the Sun shines in the afternoon these curves provide interesting shadows.

Of course, what most British people think of when they think of Blackpool is Blackpool Tower. Wikipedia provides the following information about the Tower.

‘Blackpool Tower is a tourist attraction in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, which was opened to the public on 14 May 1894. When it opened, Blackpool Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the British Empire. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it is 518 feet (158 metres) tall and is the 125th-tallest freestanding tower in the world. Blackpool Tower is also the common name for the Tower Buildings, an entertainment complex in a red-brick three-storey block that comprises the tower, Tower Circus, the Tower Ballroom, and roof gardens, which was designated a Grade I listed building in 1973.’

There is always something in Blackpool to make me laugh though sometimes the cause has been unintentional – as in the next photograph which juxtaposes a ‘No Access’ sign; a woman who has totally ignored the injunction; and the large ‘Free Entry’ invitation on Central Pier.

Of course, being a coastal resort there are dangers. This afternoon, the high-tide photographed was meek and mild compared to some days when it leaps over the sea-defences with a force great enough to drag back into the sea anyone foolish enough to venture too close to the promenade railings.

That’s all from Blackpool, and tomorrow, we can have a peaceful canal-walk at Burscough in Lancashire.

Author: writingandphotography0531

My name is Gerald Murphy. I am a retired local government officer. At the time of my retirement I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I had previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My main hobby is photography and, until 2016, hillwalking in Snowdonia. Sciatica has put an end to mountain walks and, as a carer for my wife, opportunities for photography excursions are now more limited. Since July 2022, I have started using this site as a photobook.

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