Blackpool – a nostalgic visit

Sometimes it’s just nice to relive happy times from your childhood and I did that last week.

I think that you can’t understand Blackpool (a traditional seaside town on the west coast of England) if you didn’t visit and enjoy as a child. I recently went back after many years with my daughter Gemma. We simply went for an overnight stay to relive childhood dreams.
Many people’s image of Blackpool is one of tack, rowdy parties and kiss me quick hats…………well I imagine those things exist if you really want to go looking for them.

What I think of when I think of Blackpool is happy holidays as a child; happy holidays with my children;  walks along a deserted beach; beautiful sunsets and a memory of a nostalgic era prior to computers and air travel.

View from the big wheel!
View from the big wheel!

Blackpool is trying so hard to rebuild itself. It’s spent so much money on revamping the promenade for miles and has done an amazing job. There’s so much still to do but a big pat on the back to Blackpool for trying to rebuild itself for a different era and not sitting and waiting for the old to return..

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I was initially disappointed not to see the old trams but then I went on one of the new trams – spacious, massive windows; speaking stops – very dementia friendly, and very well priced – £5 for a whole day of riding up and down whenever you need – perfect– they’re wonderful! They now save their old nostalgic trams for the evening during illuminations and at weekends. Perfect solution to retaining old stock which must cost a fortune to upkeep.

One of the old trams I remember from my childhood
One of the old trams I remember from my childhood

The lights were wonderful – no longer do they have sponsored gaudy illuminated signs – instead they appear to be more tasteful along the prom. Art deco section; one coloured section. Far more modern and up to date. Yet a ride on the tram down to Bispham and you have all the old children’s favourites at the side of the track with animated nursery rhymes.

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It was also fireworks night when we went – the world fireworks championships are held there every year. Our weekend was the turn of China. What better backdrop than to have fireworks going off over the sea.

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There was a tweet on Twitter the day after complaining about the amount of rubbish on the streets and having to ‘wade through’ the rubbish after the display and ‘why weren’t the council out emptying the bins’……..well, the fireworks had brought in tens of thousands of people to Blackpool so all I’d say to that person is:

‘why didn’t the tens of thousands of people take their litter home instead of simply throwing it on the street’…………

View from our hotel room
View from our hotel room

Don’t knock Blackpool if you don’t understand it and certainly not if you didn’t visit as a child……there’s some great nostagic footage of any decade in Blackpool available on you tube………clips from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s would be great to show as ‘memory loops’ in libraries and other public places, not only for people with dementia……….

Guess who......
Guess who……

 

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About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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