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The Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool's Seaside Stars

Blackpool's Seaside Stars

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This book features 60 greats from the world of show business - from the 1920s to the present day who have performed in Blackpool. It includes profiles and photographs of stars - from music hall, stage and screen.

A timeless refrain not just from millions of Blackpool holidaymakers but also from a galaxy of stars - who helped build the Lancashire resort's reputation as 'the' major entertainment centre outside London.

It was the Northern mill workers who helped make Blackpool into Britain's number one holiday resort. They came in their droves to sample its unique atmosphere and bracing sea breezes.

After growth in the 30's the war hit, but Blackpool bounced back with the finest entertainments lineup in the country, in its heyday offering as many as 15 live shows each night during the summer season.

So step back in time with legends such as Gracie Fields, Jimmy Clitheroe, George Formby, Laurel and Hardy, Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope, Morecambe and Wise, Hylda Baker, Thora Hird, Sid James, Bruce Forsyth and even The Beatles.

About the Authors

Supplements editor Steve Singleton and Memory Lane writer Craig Fleming have worked for The Gazette, for a combined total of more than 70 years.

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