Tram Journey 1985: Golden Mile to Imperial Hotel


The next image was taken on the Golden Mile.

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1985 Tram Journey Image 17 [1]


The next image shows an entrance to Funland - an amusement arcade with a cafeteria located just south of Sea Life. It appears to have been completely re-styled since 1985 judging from the modern image below.

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Funland
Funland by courtesy of Google Street View 2020 [2]

The next photo was taken in the approximate vicinity of New Bonny Street looking towards the North Pier.

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1985 Tram Journey Image 19 [1]


The next photo was taken near the corner of New Bonny Street looking towards the Coral Island amusement arcade which has since been extensively modified - I think following a fire.

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1985 Tram Journey Image 20 [1]
Coral Island
Coral Island by courtesy of Google Street View 2020 [2]

The next photo shows the far end of the Blackpool Tower complex on the right and behind it Lewis's store. See the notes on the next photo for further information.

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1985 Tram Journey Image 21 [1]

The next photo is looking down Victoria Street towards the Winter Gardens.

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1985 Tram Journey Image 22 [1]


The next photo looks back to the South with Lewis's and the Tower buildings on the left.

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1985 Tram Journey Image 23 [1]

The next photo shows Roberts' Oyster Rooms on the corner of West Street. This business is still in operation but appears to sell confectionery as well as seafood nowadays. The nearby buildings seem not to have changed much physically and retains some character - unlike the soul-less rebuilds around the Blackpool Tower. West Street is now pedestrianised.

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Roberts'
View along West Street by courtesy of Google Street View 2020 [2]

View looking back towards North Pier from the War Memorial opposite Queen Street. The pier was very busy.

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1985 Tram Journey Image 25 [1]


The next photo shows the Grand Metropole Hotel.

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1985 Tram Journey Image 26 [1]


The next two photos show the Carlton Hotel on the corner of Pleasant Street. It is now owned by the Best Western chain and retains most of the old structure - though mercifully has lost that awful blue colour.

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Carlton Hotel
View of Best Western Carlton Hotel by courtesy of Google Street View 2020 [2]

The next photo shows the Imperial Hotel.

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1985 Tram Journey Image 29 [1]
Imperial Hotel
Imperial Hotel by courtesy of Google Street View 2020 [2]

The next photo was taken opposite the Imperial Hotel just before Wilton Parade - unfortunately the tram maintenance truck is hiding the hotel. The Imperial is another of Blackpool's Grade II Listed Buildings.

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1985 Tram Journey Image 30 [1]