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To think Blackpool is a bit shit

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Cutitup Tue 23-Jul-13 20:55:13

Just came back from Blackpool and it was utter shit. Why haven't the council there made improvements and made it a decent place to visit?

There is hardly anywhere halfway reasonable to eat, it looks completely broken and unloved. There is just so much potential for development and it could be the "Orlando" of England. Instead, it's just shite.

I've come away thinking I don't need to take my children to Africa to appreciate what they've got: just take them to Blackpool.

On a good note, the beach is very nice. Shame about the drunks weeing all over the stairs to the beach and leaving beer cans everywhere. I saw broken Britain in Blackpool and I shall never go back again.

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:56:18


It's not a bit shit

It is utterly vile with nothing to redeem it whatsoever and should be wiped from the face of the earth

I live near it. I have to shower if for some reason I am forced to enter it.

JudgeJodie Tue 23-Jul-13 20:56:36

999 what's your emergency


MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 20:57:37

The last time I went there, in 1999, I saw a girl getting rug-munched by two blokes on the Prom. She was even wearing a Kiss Me Quick hat.

I shit you not.

themaltesefalcon Tue 23-Jul-13 20:58:02

I love it.

I'm foreign.

Are the two connected?

catgirl1976 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:58:47

Dammit Marmalade

I didn't think anyone saw me.

Nancy66 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:59:01

it's one of the worst places I've ever been. I cannot think why anybody would go there by choice.

MarianneEnjolras Tue 23-Jul-13 20:59:38

If you think Blackpool is bad... you should visit Rhyl sometime to gain some perspective. grin

AnnabelleLee Tue 23-Jul-13 20:59:57

I used to live there. I now live far far away and never go within 100 miles of the place.
nuff said.

snakeinthebrantub Tue 23-Jul-13 20:59:58

When we visited I went to the loo just near the sea front and there was a needle disposal bin in the cubicle, with blood smeared all over it. Horrible place, we went to Lytham st Anne, just next to Blackpool and that's lovely.

Ashoething Tue 23-Jul-13 21:00:38

FFs stop being so snobby. We are going to Blackpool next week for our holidays. We stay in a caravan site in a lovely village and avoid blackpool at night. The dcs love it.

Yes it is run down but for a day at the pleasure beach,the seaside,donkey's and ice cream then whats not to like?

themaltesefalcon Tue 23-Jul-13 21:00:54

No one else is watching the darts, then?

<--- lowbrow as hell.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 21:01:44

It's not being snobby. Being snobby is to be derogatory about somewhere that is perfectly fine for most humans.

Binkyridesagain Tue 23-Jul-13 21:03:05

The best thing about Blackpool is Manchester Square, a sewage pumping station, positioned on the promenade, there's not many places with landmarks like that.

Sparklingbrook Tue 23-Jul-13 21:03:43

You can't take a picnic to the Pleasure Beach now apparently. shock I haven't been since 1985. grin

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 23-Jul-13 21:03:44

Marianne grin. Yes, visit Rhyl and somehow Blackpool doesn't look so bad.

It is tacky, true, but lots of people like it - if you are not one of them then just go elsewhere next time. There are lots of less-plastic seaside resorts in the UK smile.

LegoAcupuncture Tue 23-Jul-13 21:04:26

Im going next week, will report back on its shabbiness.

Floralnomad Tue 23-Jul-13 21:04:53

It is a crap hole , having said that The Big Blue hotel is vey nice , the pleasure beach has some lovely old roller coasters and The Sandcastle is a great waterpark ,so if you just stay 1 night and just visit those places it is quite tolerable .

Lilyloo Tue 23-Jul-13 21:04:56

When we went recently we spent the day in the tower which looks like it needs a lot of tlc and gave up looking for somewhere nice to eat and had chips walking down the beach.
St Anne's is much much nicer. The kids do still like the illuminations though.

BlueStones Tue 23-Jul-13 21:04:56

I grew up there. I always feel validated when outsiders tell me it's shit. I always thought it was, but my family insisted in telling us how LUCKY we were to be growing up in such a lovely place [hmmm]

I remember when I moved away to uni - the novelty of walking down a street and not a single gang of drunken men to shout abuse at me! 'Twas revelatory.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 23-Jul-13 21:07:15

grin catgirl. It was BROAD DAYLIGHT.

I had to go there for a course a few years ago. It was vile beyond belief, and this was during the illuminations, so supposedly when it's at its best. I will never, ever go back there.

LeGavrOrf Tue 23-Jul-13 21:07:43

It is HIDEOUS. Really run down and vile.

I also remember being forced to go on the Grand National roller coaster which scared me to death. How can a wooden fairground ride from the 1920s be so scary?

And that is NOT a beach.

And I am not being snooty, I grew up in Ilfracombe so know what a rundown shithole of a seaside town looks like, but Blackpool is hideous. And the pubs are quite simply frightening.

nenevomito Tue 23-Jul-13 21:08:47

It's one of the poorest places in the UK. Low incomes, unemployment. It's run down and has fuck all investment or change of growth or regeneration on its current path. Add into that the hen and stag do crowd and you have a recipe for not only being shit, but being unutterably shit.

You have to go in like a commando. Target your area (the sandcastle) get in, get out.

themaltesefalcon Tue 23-Jul-13 21:09:02

I think the music played between darts games should be the national anthem.

Do do do do do do, do do do do, do do do do do, oi oi oi!

(carries on conversation with self)

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