The day dawned very wet and windy but undeterred we set off. When we arrived it was still blowing hard but the rain had stopped. We were met by Elaine and three of her members at the Solaris Centre, near the mirrorball on the South Shore. When we drove along the promenade Elaine explained to us the various displays on the promenade. Did you know that there is a seat which turns in the wind so that you are always seated out of the wind? Did you know there is also a wind organ that plays a tune as the wind rushes through it? Plus lots of other strange and wonderful objects.
We arrived outside Blackpool Tower where we were treated to a wonderful day. We were shown places that the general public are not allowed. Such as behind the wonderful Wurlitzer organ, we also visited the Aquarium and the famous ballroom. The highlight for me was our visit to the afternoon show of the Blackpool Tower Circus. Starring a very funny clown called Mooky. There were trapeze artists and some amazing acrobats from Kurdistan. It was sheer fun and amazement. With lots of candy floss, ice cream and loads of laughter. Our front ring-side seats just hit the spot, especially when the floor dropped and water filled the rink at the end with a finale to leave you breathless. It was also lovely to see the costumes that were on display for Charlie Caroli plus his famous musical instruments.
We finished the day off with a drive through the illuminations with Elaine again giving a commentary on the buildings and lights and places of interest. It was brilliant. What stands out for me is something very special. The friendships we have forged with our friends in Blackpool Civic Trust which I am sure will last for years to come. It’s great to belong to such a wonderful network of Civic Trust members.
I would like to thank Elaine for all her hard work to make this occasion such a resounding success. It was certainly a day to remember. It is now up to Ossett Civic Trust members to think of what we can do to re-pay the kindnesses that was shown to us.....I am sure we will be able to do something with our famous Yorkshire hospitality!