Remembering Blackpool’s Small Shops

This area was full of thriving shops, arcades and cafes.

 

Photographer Dawn Mander is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images.  These photographs are from her project ‘Out of Season‘. To see Dawn’s gallery of photographs click on any image.

 

In recent years all our seaside towns have fallen on hard times and Blackpool seems to get more than it’s fair share of bad press from the media.  I wandered down South Shore to see how bad the damage really is.

 

I set off to walk from the far end of Bond St where a colorful Social club seemed to be doing alright with it’s welcoming signs and open door

A colorful Social Club at the far end of Bond St seemed to be doing alright with it’s welcoming signs and open door.

 

 

A relic from the past. Melody House was first on Lytham Rd near the old Lido swimming pool then moved to Bond St years ago then moved again to Bolton St…it has been closed for donkeys years but if you were lucky sometime ago and it was open you would find a guy sat in among boxes and boxes of vinyl..scattered, broken, stacked to the rafters..vinyl everywhere like a dream, I once asked if he had an album I’d been looking for, he assured me he had and if I had the time he’d find it for me, sadly I didn’t have the time but am sure if I’d stayed he would have found it..I left him looking very happy reading his NME, Mojo and Q magazines sat in the middle of a collector’s dream.

A relic from the past. Melody House was first on Lytham Rd near the old Lido swimming pool then moved to Bond St years ago then moved again to Bolton St…it has been closed for donkeys years but if you were lucky sometime ago and it was open you would find a guy sat in among boxes and boxes of vinyl..scattered, broken, stacked to the rafters..vinyl everywhere like a dream, I once asked if he had an album I’d been looking for, he assured me he had and if I had the time he’d find it for me, sadly I didn’t have the time but am sure if I’d stayed he would have found it..I left him looking very happy reading his NME, Mojo and Q magazines sat in the middle of a collector’s dream.

 

This area was full of thriving shops, arcades and cafes.

This area was full of thriving shops, arcades and cafes.

 

This old fish and chip shop and the sign in the window made me laugh out loud… So till the end of February early March these shops and streets will remain empty and sad with their urban decay and tired weary aspect then the promise of a bucket & spade, salty chips, sandy ice creams and the cry of the seagulls will hopefully bring back the holiday makers and families and we can appreciate that we live on the best coast with the best light for photographers and get another Knickerbocker Glory from Notarianni’s.

This old fish and chip shop and the sign in the window made me laugh out loud… So till the end of February early March these shops and streets will remain empty and sad with their urban decay and tired weary aspect then the promise of a bucket & spade, salty chips, sandy ice creams and the cry of the seagulls will hopefully bring back the holiday makers and families and we can appreciate that we live on the best coast with the best light for photographers and get another Knickerbocker Glory from Notarianni’s.

 

‘Taylor’s’ a locally famous jeans & boots shop where I used to buy my Levis in the late 70s , closed this time though.. do they still do Wednesday closing?..

‘Taylor’s’ a locally famous jeans & boots shop where I used to buy my Levis in the late 70s , closed this time though.. do they still do Wednesday closing?..

 

‘Blackpool’s n.1 Toy Shop’ hhmmm! though I was tempted to go in ’cause it had some really cool Daleks in the window.

‘Blackpool’s n.1 Toy Shop’ hhmmm! though I was tempted to go in ’cause it had some really cool Daleks in the window.

 

Foxhall Rd is lined with more empty closed shops promising good times with items advertised..cold drinks for hot days, toys for tired children, magazines, newspapers, ice creams, rock and fancy goods..peeling paint and broken rusted signs causing me to stop and wonder..

Foxhall Rd is lined with more empty closed shops promising good times with items advertised..cold drinks for hot days, toys for tired children, magazines, newspapers, ice creams, rock and fancy goods..peeling paint and broken rusted signs causing me to stop and wonder..

 

Notarianni Ices..the best ice cream on the coast and a favorite place for Knickerbockers Glories. Fueled by nostalgia I left Bond St behind and walked down Bolton St past a brightly lit arcade with a cafe area, flashing lights and the buzzing & beeping of arcade games still not enough to draw the people in from the cold wet street, I walked past more empty boarded up shops till I came to..

Notarianni Ices..the best ice cream on the coast and a favorite place for Knickerbockers Glories. Fueled by nostalgia I left Bond St behind and walked down Bolton St past a brightly lit arcade with a cafe area, flashing lights and the buzzing & beeping of arcade games still not enough to draw the people in from the cold wet street.

 

See also:

Documenting Blackpool

By Dawn Mander

 

 


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