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History of Blackpool celebrated

July 25, 2009

A brief mention for Steve Newman who has written a top article on Blackpool over at Helium who reminds us that when

the Scottish born screenwriter – he co-wrote most of the Will Hay films – humorist, and lyricist, Marriot Edgar (aka Edgar.G. Marriot, and half brother of crime novelist, Edgar Wallace), wrote The Lion and Albert monologue for Stanley Holloway in the 1930s, he didn’t choose the geographical setting of his first verse lightly: There’s a famous seaside town called Blackpool, That’s noted for fresh air and fun, And Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom went there with young Albert, their son.

And as we come up to the annual Wakes weeks

At the height of the so called ‘cotton famine’ in 1863 – when thousands of mill workers were laid-off – an amazing 195,287 passengers disembarked at the Talbot Road Railway Station during that summer season.

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