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Blackpool Lights 2014: Tripping the Lights Fantastic in Northern England!

Blackpool Lights 2014: Tripping the Lights Fantastic in Northern England!

Jul 4th, 2014, 07:50 AM
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Flanneruk, that is the point sensitive Jack was making - "Get a move on me little swamp duck or you will die of exhaustion before you even get to the sea"

PalenQ, you have obviously not been to Halifax (Happy Valley) or Bradford (Rita, Sue and Bob too), plenty of flotsam but a little short on lights and fun. Halifax scores high regarding fascination (or is the word depressing). Some of the architecture there is mind blowing, so its a pity that so many people there find other things to blow their mind. The contrast between the age when such buildings and parks were erected and today is starkly emphasised - what a waste. ps: Im not on pay from Halifax or Bradford TIC.
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Jul 4th, 2014, 08:10 AM
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I indeed have taken trains thru those down-at-their-heels towns - Bradford shocked me as if I recall rightly the train circles the town on a high-up track and was appalled at the Detroit-like setting - that was quite a few years ago so may be all gussied up now but for Europe it did indeed shock me - the crumbling gold factories all over, etc.

Blackpool has a pulse so it is more fun - people watching there is great - smashing the old stereotypes we Americans tend to have about Brits being all prim and proper - the proverbial stiff upper lips, etc.

Yes Blackpool attracts a certain cadre of hip younger folk up for a hoot and perhaps a show from London but still predominate are average lower to lower middle class families - redolent of the types on Coronation Street. The jellied eel crowd.
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Jul 4th, 2014, 10:56 AM
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Working class, or very likely non-working class if the flights to Magaluf are full. Probably not middle class. And I can't imagine it's a destination for anyone "hip".
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Jul 5th, 2014, 12:23 AM
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Shakes head sadly at Pal's view of things

Hip? In Blackpool? Have you ever been? No, not years ago but recently!

Jellied eels? In the north? Shakes head again.
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Jul 5th, 2014, 02:07 AM
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Jul 5th, 2014, 06:12 AM
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Well by 'hip' I was talking about the crowd of youn g20s type from London - uni students and young professionals who were, I read, coming to Blackpool for a hoot and also to take in some proper theatre shows.

And the august British Open has also been held here - well in St Anne's to the south which I guess is a world away from the down and out (per rubicund's photos) flotsam and jetson lager louts more dominant in Blackpool.

Bring back the donkeys on the strand!
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Jul 5th, 2014, 07:13 AM
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No such thing as the British Open. It's called The Open.
So, students go from London to Blackpool to take in theatre shows. I smell Dulux
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Jul 5th, 2014, 07:25 AM
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So, students go from London to Blackpool to take in theatre shows.>

Well I read that - not just to take in shows but to have a 'hoot' and take in a concert or avant-garde show like they have on one of the piers - I think Blackpool may be 'cool' to some hip young 20s type - I'd like Alec's take on that.

I am just the messenger - I was in Dulux Rehab for a few hours so now off the gloss!
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Aug 7th, 2014, 11:26 AM
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Lights will be on - turned on August 29, 2014 with extra fanfare - always involving some really famous person tripping the first lights fantastic.
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Aug 8th, 2014, 12:29 AM
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"always involving some really famous person". It's Peter Kay this year. Without googling him, who is he PalenQ?
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Aug 8th, 2014, 02:10 AM
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One of the most famous and funniest stand-up comedians. He started his career in the North West England (he is from Farnworth near Bolton) and has made many appearances in Blackpool.
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Aug 8th, 2014, 02:23 AM
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Oh Alec, you gave him a heads up now!
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Aug 8th, 2014, 09:34 AM
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Ah you think I live in a cave and don't know who Peter Kay is?

Born in 1973, he is a British comedian. His last stand-up comedy tour was officially inaugurated into the Guinness World Records as the most successful of all time, playing to over 1.2 million people. He has written, produced, and acted in several award winning television and film projects. In addition, he has authored three books, the first of which—The Sound of Laughter—still remains the biggest selling British autobiography to date.

See I knew it all along...give me some credit - an iota of credit!
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Aug 8th, 2014, 12:07 PM
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http://www.blackpool-illuminations.n...14details.html

the opening gala is fully described in this link and you have a picture of a slick Peter Kay (If he has not been on Coronation Street of course I would not have heard of him! Duh!)
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Aug 8th, 2014, 01:23 PM
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I won't be here for the switch on but have relatives who are going. It's usually a fun event and this year it's free, though you can also buy tickets to include other concerts and events over the weekend.
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Aug 9th, 2014, 12:44 AM
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OK Pal, just an iota, allowing for the cut and paste in your post!
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Aug 9th, 2014, 06:39 AM
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>>See I knew it all along...give me some credit - an iota of credit!<<

Sure you did (google is your friend)
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Aug 9th, 2014, 08:41 AM
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janis - have you ever been to the Blackpool Lights - whaddyathink? Not your cuppa I think but you never know!
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Aug 14th, 2014, 12:55 PM
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tripping the switch Aug 29 - 15 days to one of the greatest, yes tackiest, shows on Earth!
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