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Filename: aa047934.jpg

Size: 4368 x 4343 (6.9MB)

Date: 3rd October 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach a047934

PLEASURE BEACH, Blackpool, Lancashire. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the most popular holiday attractions in England, and offers rides such as the double ferris wheel seen here. A horse-drawn carriage along the promenade provides a more sedate form of entertainment. Photographed by John Gay. Date range: 1946-1955

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Media ID 1280889

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Animal Horse Leisure Recreation Transport


FEATURES IN THESE COLLECTIONS

> Animal Magic > Animals: Horses

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1900s - 1910s

> Towns and Cities > Blackpool

> Transport > Horse-power

> The way we were > Leisure > Entertainment

> The way we were > Leisure > Seaside


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures the essence of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, a beloved holiday destination in England. Taken by renowned photographer John Gay between 1946 and 1955, this image showcases the iconic double ferris wheel that has become synonymous with the amusement park. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is known for its thrilling rides and vibrant atmosphere, attracting visitors from all over the country. The towering ferris wheel stands tall against the backdrop of Lancashire's coastline, offering breathtaking views to those brave enough to take a spin on it. In contrast to the exhilarating rides, a horse-drawn carriage gracefully glides along the promenade in this snapshot. This more leisurely form of entertainment provides a tranquil respite amidst all the excitement. The presence of both modern transport - represented by cars visible in the background - and traditional horse-drawn carriages highlights how Blackpool Pleasure Beach caters to diverse tastes and preferences. John Gay's expert composition beautifully captures this moment in time at one of England's most popular recreational spots. It serves as a nostalgic reminder of an era when families flocked to Blackpool for fun-filled holidays filled with laughter, joy, and unforgettable experiences. This historic photograph not only documents an important part of British leisure history but also evokes feelings of nostalgia and curiosity about what life was like during these post-war years at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

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