Welcome to Blackpool, the first seaside resort in northwestern England, which for more than a century has welcomed the working class of the industrial revolution and paid holidays.
Simulacrum of Las Vegas and Coney Island, Blackpool is now famous for its festivities, bachelorettes and bachelor parties of young girls and boys and of course easy debauchery at low prices.
Highly prized destination at the beginning of the 20th century by the well-to-do English classes for the quality of its sea air and the tasting of sea water with supposed therapeutic virtues, it became until the 1970s, with the industrial revolution and the development of the railway network the hotspot for popular tourism.
In the late 1980s, the opening of the first low-cost deals to sunny destinations combined with the economic crisis in the north of England led Blackpool into a recession from which it is struggling to recover.
The successive economic strategies to revive the activity for the last 40 years have shaped a surreal city where amid decrepit amusement parks, the elderly in large numbers, families among the poorest of the Kingdom rub shoulders with young people of Liverpool or Manchester in search of cheap drunkenness.
Blackpool, Labor stronghold is one of the cities of the industrial North to have voted massively, more than 67%: for “Brexit: OUT”.
Cyril Abad – Back to Blackpool
Festival Photographique l’Œil Urbain
April 5 – May 19