Saturday 7th September 2013. The Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool, Councillor Eddie Collett and Mrs Heather Collett, attended a ceremony to unveil the new lions that are replicates of the ones loaned to Stowe School in Buckinghamshire. Also in attendance were representatives from Stowe School and members the Blackpool Council team responsible for the lions.
Below, the Mayor of Blackpool about to unveil one of the lions:
The unveiled lion:
December 1st in the Visitor Centre, Stanley Park, Blackpool.
The new lions were unveiled on the 7th September and here they are the day after:
Sunday 25th August 2013 report.
What a great day in Stanley Park with a big turn out of cars, a huge turn out of people and some great music enjoyed by all on the Bandstand. Not only, but also it was sunny and warm.
On the Italian Gardens cars were parked all round the inside, the outside, along the entrance drives and on the grass. Well done to the Blackpool Vehicle Preservation Group.
Old British cars: Rileys, Wolseleys, Triumphs, Austins, Morris, Sunbeams. Vauxhalls and a big display of Fords: Escorts, Consuls, Cortinas, Granadas, Prefects, Capri, Classic. Luxury marques: Rolls Royce, Bentley. Sporty: Jaguar, MG, Triumph TR. Big and foreign: Cadillacs, Mercedes.
A quartet with ukelele playing George Formby and songs of that era. I was leaning on a lamp-post at the corner of the street. The whole show sponsored by Hesketh Cars.
On the bandstand DJs were playing 3 hours of soul sound. The urging beat pushing you to get up. A big crowd sitting in the sun listening to great music. Some talking, some laughing, some ready to party and some dancing. The Getsettes got up and played some 60's R&B to round off the show.
Triumphs round the fountain:
Jaguars round the edges:
Austin, Morris, Ford:
Here's to the Park Gardeners don't those flowers look good. Motorcycles and the Art Deco Cafe:
Soul in the Park, a busy bandstand, 'some laughing, some just shapeless forms' (it's a song, do you know what?):
Blackpool Soul Club - Keep the Faith:
The Getsettes on stage:
A great turn out. Some dancing:
Scooters came and went from all over Lancashire - we want more! Boats, Swanboats it's all on Stanley Park:
Choose your hedge. The hedge display near the Forest Gate entrance. One of my favourites. Well done to the gardeners:
The Stanley Park conservation area is quite classy with its characteristic styles from the 1920's.
Welcome to Stanley Park - The East Park Drive entrance near the hospital:
The goose posing in exchange for a bite of bread, but I conned it as I'd no bread:
Stanley Park Bandstand area next to the lake:
The Art Deco Cafe or Park's Cafe, nice to sit outside:
The Visitor Centre next to the Cafe advertising Friends of Stanley Park's Christmas Fair on 25th November 2012 with an elegantly produced sign:
The main entrance drive to Stanley Park, Mawsons Drive. Mawson designed the park.
Stanley Park Main Entrance with the North and South Gate Lodges (Blackpool Volunteer Centre), West Park Drive.
Blackpool Cricket Club Pavilion on West Park Drive, usually gets a Lancashire County game once a season:
Blackpool Council Sports Centre on West Park Drive:
Blackpool Athletics Track on West Park Drive:
The skateboard facility next to the childrens playground and Sports Centre on Stanley Park:
The old park pavilion, now the Police Centre, with its characteristic roof, which this photo doesn't show too well. Several buildings including the hospital had this style from 1927ish:
A view of the lake on the way out to East Park Drive next to Blackpool Model Village and its car park:
Back into the park off East Park Drive for a walk over the lake bridges:
On one of the lake bridges:
The view from the bridge of the far lake looking towards the hospital:
A view of Stanley Park Golf Course, its entrance is on North Park Drive:
Crossing East Park Drive at the entrance at the beginning of this walk is the other half of the golf course next to the hospital:
Into Salisbury Woodland from East Park Drive heading towards Blackpool Zoo:
The far end of Salisbury Woodland is Blackpool Zoo celebrating 40 years in 2012 and using the old Blackpool Airport Art Deco hangars:
Blackpool Zoo building, the old Blackpool Airport Control Tower:
At the end of Salisbury Woodland heading towards Herons Reach signposted as Staining - go either way to Marton Mere for a good walk and bird watching hides. This is a circular track via Marton Mere, De Vere Hotel, also for Staining and Herons Reach. An entrance to the hospital is also here from the Zoo car park:
Going left, the tarmac track towards Herons Reach, further on it becomes more gravelly and can have puddles:
A view from the walk of Blackpool Victoria Hospital's magnificent new Cardiac Building:
Decision time: Herons Way or Reach takes you to Newton Drive which is a decent walk or bus into town or back to the park. Continue on the tarmac track to Marton Mere. The sign pointing right takes you either onto a natural footpath or over the De Vere Golf Course which I don't like doing but it's a bit shorter:
You might choose to walk along North Park Drive opposite the hospital which has some characterful houses and is relatively quiet.
|Photos from July 1st on the Bandstand: Arnold School Band with their vocalist smoothing your day.|
Arnold School Band play to the audience on a sunny afternoon in Blackpool.
Friends of Stanley Park Volunteers: Denys, Carole and Dean.
Some photos from Martin Ashworth:
The volunteers who steward the shows on the bandstand, summer 2012. Dean, Jane, Carole,
Lune Deep, June 2012
Carleton Crossing, June 2012
Kev Scott, June 2012
The People, June 2012
Carol of the Friends of Stanley Park on guitar.
Handmade Craft Fair - 18th July 2010 : Arranged by the Grundy Art Gallery, 35 stalls of handmade items in a marquee near the bandstand.
|16 Men Swinging 25th July 2010.|
|Cricket 25th July 2010.|
||The Art Deco Cafe viewed from the the Italian Gardens.|
||The Bridges on Stanley Park.|
||Salisbury Woodland Gardens.|
||In Salisbury Woodland Gardens.|