But before we get to that, I must inform you, dear reader, that the vandalism thing was cleared up on Saturday morning. He was up and clothed from 8am, standing at the window, waiting for the Meerkat's dad to materialise with thinners and solvents. By lunchtime it was all good as new. Much to Sonshine's relief.
Anyway, back to today's tale.
We booked into The Big Blue Hotel which is, um, a big blue hotel right in front of the Pleasure Beach.
This was the view from the window:
Don't feel sorry for me. This is excactly the view that I requested - the rollercoasters. The Red line running through the image is part of The Big One, the highest rollercoaster in the UK. the wooden track just dipping into shot top right is part of The Big Dipper - my alltime favourite ride there. And the track round the bottom belongs to the little train.
I love the noise of the cars rattling over the rollers...I love the excited screams. I have NO idea why I live on a very quiet little Scottish island if this is my idea of a great day out.
Lots of people hate Blackpool. They hate the jingo-tastic t-shirt wearing baldies who run dogs of dubious character.....the barely dressed fake tans who teeter along the prom in strippers shoes and tiny dresses, even with the wind howling in from the Irish Sea.
Well, that's a bit like blaming Bet Lynch for not being Maria Callas. It is what it is. And it does it VERY well. As someone who lives in a small seaside town that struggles to keep businesses going, I look at their achievements with envy.
And it IS beautiful. Look:
OK - in the harshness of daylight the businesses on the prom look a bit like an elderly courtesan, but the promenade itself has been overhauled and provides a glorious place to walk/cycle etc.
Look at the beach!
We've found some excellent resaurants - the cafe in the middle of Stanley Park serves fabulous cakes.
And look at their strawberry milkshakes!
We had lots of gos on the roller coasters - I'll post up the candid photos tomorrow, along with our Jubilee party night pix.
What did you do for the Jubilee yourself?