You learn something new everyday! This weekend it was that the people from Blackpool are known as Sandgrown’uns. When you look at the geography it’s clear why. Blackpool has grown up on a 7 mile (10km) stretch of sandy beaches, and just south of Blackpool there are amazing sand dunes as well.
Also new to me is the fact that
Much of Blackpool’s growth and character from the 1870s on was predicated on the town’s pioneering use of electrical power. In 1879, it became the first municipality in the world to have electric street lighting, as large parts of the promenade were wired. The lighting and its accompanying pageants reinforced Blackpool’s status as the North of England’s most prominent holiday resort, and its specifically working class character. It was the forerunner of the present-day Blackpool Illuminations. (information from wikipedia!)
From my own observations here this weekend Sandgrown’uns are incredibly friendly people. I had the privilege of worshipping with New Central Methodist Church this morning (‘the church by the tower’) which had a lovely lunch (roast beef) after the Covenant service led by my friend over at eternal echoes and yesterday she and I had fabulous fish and chips over at Fleetwood after hours walking on the beach and then going back again to witness an amazing sunset. Photos here. We met some lovely dog-owners, fishermen and other folk walking and taking photos.
This afternoon it’s snowing … hoping that doesn’t cause problems getting back to Chesterfield. Let’s see – life is always an adventure but I do like smooth travelling.