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Note the next meeting is on Monday March 19th AGM and Norman Harris - Gasping for breath in the Himalayas
March activities please contact Sharon to attend:
9th March - 2pm - Regent Cinema - Free
Tour around the old Regent Cinema
10th March - 1.30pm - NWACTS AGM - Free
The AGM of the NWACTS will take place at County Hall. The guest speaker is Lucy Smith, Northern Powerhouse Partnership Campaigns on the topic of “What the Northern Powerhouse means to us”
22nd March - 6pm - Illumination Department - Free
Tour around the Illumination Department on Amy Johnson Way to see how some of them are made
10th April - 1pm - Masonic Hall Visit - Free
Tour & talk around the Masonic Hall.
Coach trip to Liverpool and to see the Terracotta Army 27th March.
The cost of the trip will be as follows
£10 for bus
£13 for Adults to see the Terracotta Army
£12 for Concessions to see the Terracotta Army
£5 for Children aged 6 to 17 to see the Terracotta Army
We will be leaving Blackpool approx 9am with the visit the Terracotta Army booked for 12.30pm, return journey will leave Liverpool at 4.30pm.
If you just wish to go on the trip to Liverpool and not see the Terracotta Army the cost will just be £10 for the coach.
Christmas Meeting and Carol Singing
Our traditional December meeting with the Salvation Army brass band, carols and a hotpot supper was a great success. The new venue of St John's Parish Church provided a very sympathetic setting for the occasion. The Salvation Army brass band always proves popular with our members but this year was quite special. Our Vice-President, Cllr David Owen, who administers some charitable legacies, chose the Salvation Army as one of this year's recipients. He presented Major Sandra with a cheque for £2,500 to support and further the very important work the Salvation Army does in Blackpool.
Professor Vanessa Toulmin gives the annual Robert Evans Mills Memorial Lecture
The November meeting of Blackpool Civic Trust is a special lecture held in the memory of Robert Evans Mills who was born in Oldham in 1891 but died in Blackpool in 1950. He left money in his will for an annual lecture to be given in his memory by a "competent historian" on "an aspect of the town's development and history ".
This year we were very pleased when Professor Vanessa Toulmin accepted our invitation to give the lecture. She spoke about "Art and Design at Blackpool Pleasure Beach", an area in which she is an expert, having written a book about Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The meeting took place in the Council Chamber at Blackpool Town Hall and was very well attended. We were joined by the Mayor of Blackpool, Coun. Ian Coleman, who thanked Professor Toulmin for her excellent and informative lecture.
Photograph left to right: Robert Owen of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, The Mayor, Councillor Ian Coleman, Joan Humble the Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust and Professor Vanessa Toulmin the guest speaker.
The Grade II* listed Grand Theatre, Blackpool. More beautiful inside would you believe!