Blackpool is a seaside town in England, on the coast of the Irish Sea. It is traditionally part of Lancashire but on April 1, 1998 was made into an independent unitary authority.
It is believed to get its name from a long gone drainage channel which ran over a peat bog.
The water which ran into the sea at Blackpool was black from the peat and formed a "black pool" in the relatively clean waters of the Irish Sea.
It is generally believed locally that people originating from Blackpool are called "Sand Grown" or "Sandgrown'uns," but these terms may be applied to natives of any littoral settlement; the correct appellation is "Blackpudlian" (on the model of "Liverpudlian", namely a native of Liverpool).
The town boundaries are drawn very tightly, and exclude the nearby settlements of Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde and Lytham St Anne's. Blackpool Borough, unlike its neighbours, is almost completely urbanised.
Blackpool is also seen as the hometown of the rockband Jethro Tull. Bandleader Ian Anderson grew up in Blackpool, and founded the precursor of the band here.
Blackpool is heavily dependent on tourism.
Major attractions include:
The three piers: the North (built in 1863), Central (1868) and South (1893).
Blackpool Tower, built in May 1894, is a 518-foot-tall copy of the Eiffel Tower.
It was painted gold for its centenary.
The Blackpool Pleasure Beach amusement park, near to the South Pier.
In what is often regarded as its heyday (1900-1960), Blackpool heaved as the factory workers of northern England took their annual holidays there en masse.
Any photograph from that era shows large crowds on the beach and promenade.
Blackpool Illuminations in September and October, consisting of a series of lighted displays and collages arranged along the entire length of the sea front (11 km/7 miles), attract many visitors at a time when other resorts' holiday seasons have ended.
For a more information about Blackpool see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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