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#1 RichardCaswell

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:02 PM

Yes!!! I do live in Blackpool!!!!
There was a time 1963 to be precise, when I first worked here Company Managing THE MARTY WILDE SHOW (Rainbow Theatre South Pier). There were 12 Major theatres here then, mostly playing twice nightly, should you have not booked in advance then chances are you might not have been able to get a seat!
Today, there are two, mainly the Grand who have regular productions (some would dispute their justification for being here in the first place).
The Opera House is now under threat of demolition having been 'run down' by the present owners, they assuming that The Casino would be here and would be everyone's saviour (thankfully not).
The North Pier is now basically closed, the re-opening late last year was a total disaster in that the 'so-called' productions, all 'Big Band' & 'Tribute' were, quite frankly a disgrace in their presentation.
I have learnt from extremely reliable sources that the next to go might well be the Pleasure Beach, as soon as the end of this year.
A few years ago, Disney were blocked by a famous Blackpool family from opening here instead of Paris! They would have been the saving of Blackpool and I would still be living in a family orientated resort. The Council have a great deal to answer.
What can you do about a council who have 'put all their eggs in one basket' ie The Casino, and have systematically ignored everything else.
Clever Tom Conti, I gather, managed to replace his entire local council - how? Anyone have any ideas?
While the council faff about, still hoping for the wretched Casino, Entertainment, mainly Theatre is going to die very very quickly.
There are now umpteen really good touring productions - do we get any of them? No Way.
God help us Morecambe looks better than us now!!!
Our situation could easily have been avoided so I suppose I can now only ask:
'Could the last person to leave - please turn out the lights'.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:57 PM

Is it really that bad?

I was in Blackpool in November to see a show in the Grand and the town seemed fairly busy. The beach wasn't exactly teeming with tourists, but it was November, there was a freezing gale blowing in off the sea and the rain was horizontal. Away from the sea front, however, it looked busier than I expected it to be at that time of year.
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Posted 22 February 2007 - 02:15 PM

So this is how Blackpool has ended up, what a shame...i spent many yrs there, whether on a boozy trips with girlfriends or family holidays, Blackpool has always been renowned for its busy nightlife, the pier & of course the Pleasure Beach which is not so pleasurable anymore! Must be heart-rendering for the sea-sides population, to see it go through all those changes and knowing that its future can be no more...Sad really but on a lighter note Richard...your more than welcome to come to London & check out www.breakinconvention.com, if you still have a spring in your step & i could imagine that you have! Regards Hip-Hop Mama

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 02:54 PM

I was last in Blackpool in 2005 and it's now a very sad looking town, it just seemed so dirty. I hope it gets better as I'm a big fan of the Pleasure Beach.
Which way did he go McGill?

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:08 PM

Is the Opera House is danger of demolition?
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 02:57 PM

I love Blackpool but it is looking very worn!!!

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 11:45 PM

I worked as a Bluecoat at Blakpool Pontins in 1988, ooh it were a grim place...One of the highlights for me was working at the Blackpool Illuminations as the wonderful Derek Batey did his Mrs and Mrs thing.  Also the lights that year were swtiched on by none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman, they were very nice people.

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 06:17 PM

QUOTE(electric1 @ Feb 24 2007, 11:45 PM) View Post
I worked as a Bluecoat at Blakpool Pontins in 1988, ooh it were a grim place...One of the highlights for me was working at the Blackpool Illuminations as the wonderful Derek Batey did his Mrs and Mrs thing.  Also the lights that year were swtiched on by none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman, they were very nice people.

Richard's report makes very sad reading. I visited Blackpool in my early twenties with the family for our annual holidays. I loved it. I remember queueing for tickets at various box offices in order to see at least three shows during the week. Every theatre was full to capacity. All three piers, the Opera House and Winter Gardens, the Palace (?) etc., Years later (in the 1980s) I lived there. The shows had somewhat declined and the Grand had become a Bingo hall. At least, I am pleased that it has re-opened as a theatre and appears to have a full programme of touring shows.

Let's hope the Council (compared with a few years ago have they now all become morons?) will begin to see sense and realise what is happening to their wonderful town.




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