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Blackpool might have seen better days, but there is still an appeal of being beside the seaside. In years gone by it was popular with families for holidays, but now days seems to be elderly tourists and hen and stag parties. No shortage of pubs and clubs and tacky souvenir shops abound. Not the sort of place to go for a cultural break, though they do have a tower to rival Paris(not).
30 of us headed down and met up on Friday afternoon in the local pub. Bus left at 6pm and we all a carry out to see us down to Blackpool. Journey time was about three and a half hours from Glasgow, and it was a case of just dumping our bags in the rooms and heading straight out when we got there. Hotel was again typical of the type of hotel/guest house accomodation that seem to fill every street off the front.
Woke up next morning feeling a bit worse for wear and with the surreal view of a tram going past the bedroom window. One of the things I like about Blackpool is that they kept the trams and still run the old fashioned type along the front all the way out to Fleetwood. Headed down to the Pleasure Beach and hit an oyster bar for breakfast. Someone, as you do, had the bright idea that we should have an oyster eating competition, and though I didn't win thought I did well at 17 with them being washed down with lager.Wasn't up to going on any of the rides though, not if I was wanting to keep my breakfast down.
Some of the boys were up for going to Yate's, but I was still in the recovery position and went for a walk along the front.
A lot of work going on doing up the promenade. Blackpool had been bidding to be the home of one of the proposed new ''Super Casinos'' where they saw themselves turning into a minature Las Vegas, but the government scrapped the idea and Blackpool is left looking to try and fill the gap still. Wandered along as far as the tower and then feeling really lazy jumped on a tram to take me back to the hotel, where the guys were starting to gather to go to the supporters club function we were down for in the Central Club.
Good night had by all, well almost all. One of our company had to go home at 8-30 :-O. Plenty of singing and a band playing to entertain the troops during the night. Then at the end of the night it was back to the hotel where they had opened up the bar downstairs to let us carry on partying.
Surprisingly everybody was up and ready by 11am on Sunday and when the coach arrived we were able to load up and set off ahead of schedule for our reaturn to Glasgow.
For all it's faults, Blackpool is still a great place to go and party. Probably a lot nicer during the week, for families or couples, before the hordes descend on a Friday evening.
Sorry about the quality of pics, only had my phone with me this time