Blackpool was `created' from sparsely populated farmland and villages for the purpose of visitors having fun and pleasure. The development of the town over the last 170 years or so has led to a diverse modern history, which could be said to reflect, in a greater sense, the history of entertainment in the UK. However, while the town's most instantly recognisable attractions are well established, the town continuously seeks to adapt to secure its place as the UK's number one tourist destination.
From its most famous attraction and landmark, the Tower, the home of the world-famous Tower Ballroom, to the Matthews final of 1953, local authors Allan W. Wood and Chris Bottomley take the reader on an alphabetical journey visiting Blackpool's most interesting places and meeting some of its most famous residents and visitors. This fully illustrated A-Z guide of Blackpool will appeal to locals and visitors alike.
Allan was born in Blackpool and has a degree in Civil Engineering from Sheffield Poly and worked in the Borough Surveyor's Department of Blackpool BC from 1978 to 1989. His fascination with old Blackpool scenes started in Sheffield in 1975 at a `collectors' fair and has not stopped since. Allan has had several books published about old postcard views of Blackpool. Allan is married with four great children. Chris became a draughtsman after training at Blackpool Technical College and later started a building company which now specialises in renovating residential properties. Chris' hobby is photography and for many years has had a keen interest in local history.