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Wakes Weeks events in Blackpool
Blackpool Central Station in 1917
Blackpool Central Station in 1917

Blackpool is aiming to revive the tradition of Wakes Weeks - when mill towns shut down and thousands of workers headed to the beach resort.

A series of events from 9 to 16 August is designed to attract new visitors to Blackpool and celebrate the holidays.

One of the highlights will be a special 1950s Scots Guardsman steam train excursion to Blackpool from Carnforth.

Events include an exhibition celebrating the glory days of the Wakes holidays at Blackpool North station.

The 1950s Scots Guardsman steam train excursion to Blackpool from Carnforth will call at Blackburn and Preston before arriving at Blackpool North station.


The journey will take place on Sunday 9 August and coincides with Blackpool's air show featuring the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Blackpool's air show on 9 August features the Red Arrows
Blackpool's air show on 9 August features the Red Arrows

The mill town migrations to Blackpool - each town had its own holiday week when the factories fell silent - involved scores of trains ferrying holidaymakers to the resort.

At the start of Blackburn's July 1945 Wakes Week, the first since the end of the Second World War, holidaymakers queued at the town's railway station from early morning to catch one of 23 trains heading to Blackpool.

The following week 14 trains set off from Accrington and it was estimated that 250,000 people crammed into the resort that Saturday.

According to reports at the time, it was also estimated that the holidaymakers of Accrington, Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Rawtenstall, Bacup and Haslingden, spent almost £1m on their break from work.

For details of the Blackpool Wakes Weeks events and offers, visit the website.

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