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Blackpool, Lancs., UK

Town of Blackpool, Lancashire, England

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Blackpool lies in the north west of England on the Fylde Coast of the county of Lancashire and is "Britain's undisputed capital of entertainment". After London, Blackpool is the most popular tourist destination in the whole of England with 6 miles of beach. Trams - the last of their kind in England - run along the promenade. It is famous for its Golden Mile of funfair attractions on the South Shore, its famous 518 feet high tower based on the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the illuminations which attract thousands of visitors each year.

Blackpool became a major seaside resort for tourism in the 19th century for the working classes of Lancashire and Yorkshire and many of Blackpool's famous attractions were built in the second half of the 19th century - the 3 Piers, Blackpool Tower, Grand Theatre and a gigantic wheel at the Winter Gardens. In 1879, Blackpool became the first place in the world to have electric street lighting.

Many more of Blackpool's famous attractions were developed in the early part of the twentieth century - the Pleasure Beach (1905) and Stanley Park (1926). The Blackpool Illuminations ("the greatest free show on earth") were first created in 1912 to extend the holiday season by a massive eight weeks over their competitors.

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