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In pictures: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1905

Archived photos like this one from 1905 charting the history of the family-run Blackpool Pleasure Beach are being shown in an exhibition.

The Witching Waves ride on the Pleasure Beach in 1919

Here are the Witching Waves ride in 1919, the cars of which were propelled by an undulating floor of hinged plates.

In 1929 the original gondolas of the Flying Machine were replaced with these aeroplanes, which were in turn superseded by the present rocket ships in 1952.

Crowds flock to the pleasure beach in 1933

The Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool is hosting the exhibition of pictures of the Pleasure Beach, which is run by the Thompson family.

The Pleasure Beach's main avenue pictured in 1959

The Pleasure Beach's Main Avenue, looking north from Watson's Road and the River Caves, in 1959.

The Revolution ride in 1979

Mrs LD Thompson and Albert Wallace, then park manager, trying out the Revolution ride in 1979.

Managing director Geoffrey Thompson in 1983

Geoffrey Thompson became managing director of the Pleasure Beach following his father's death in 1976 and is pictured here on the park's carousel in 1983.

An elephant used to publicise a new ride in 1984

Mr Thompson liked to launch each new ride with the maximum amount of publicity. An elephant was brought in for the Fliegender Teppich (Flying Carpet) ride of 1984.

Mrs Thompson and the Bishop of Blackburn on a ride in 1989

Mrs LD Thompson and the Bishop of Blackburn, Rev Alan Chesters, on the Avalanche ride in 1989.

Geoffrey Thompson on the Big One in 1994

On top of his world. Geoffrey Thompson on the Big One, then the world's tallest rollercoaster, in 1994.

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