Blackpool Tower named one of best British seaside places

Blackpool Tower has been named one of the best British seaside places and experiences.

The iconic venue has been recognised by the Seaside Heritage Network, who have revealed their inaugural Bucket and Spade List, the Top Ten favourite seaside places and experiences as voted for by members of the public.

The Tower came second in the poll, just behind winners, the Saltburn Cliff Tramway.

Tower bosses were presented with a certificate of recognition by designer, Wayne Hemmingway.

Dr Kathryn Ferry, a founder member of the Seaside Heritage Network, said how important it was to see people and communities getting behind the vote: ‘There’s a strong nostalgic element to these finalists but that’s no bad thing, it shows how embedded the seaside holiday and seaside resorts are within our island culture,’’ she said.

‘’Too often, these towns get a bad press but it’s time to change perceptions and celebrate the joy and entertainment the seaside has brought to generations of Britons.

‘’Embracing the power of seaside heritage to connect with people anew can help places that have been suffering social and economic problems. We congratulate all of our worthy finalists.’’

Carl Carrington, Head of Planning and Conservation at Blackpool Council said: ‘We’re delighted to have been nominated for an award and despite coming second, we’re really grateful to everyone who voted for Blackpool Tower.

‘’It’s great that the Seaside Heritage Network has been re-formed and is working to highlight how important our seaside heritage is to the cultural life and economies of seaside resorts and towns and we look forward to working closely with the Network in the future. Congratulations to Saltburn too!’’

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