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Blackpool a047928. BLACKPOOL, Lancashire

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Blackpool a047928. BLACKPOOL, Lancashire

BLACKPOOL, Lancashire. An elderly man on holiday paddling in the sea, with Blackpool Tower in the background. Date range 1946-1955. John Gay

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the essence of a simpler time, as an elderly man takes a leisurely dip in the sea off the coast of Blackpool, Lancashire. The year is estimated to be between 1946 and 1955, a period of post-war recovery and renewed optimism in Britain. The iconic Blackpool Tower looms in the background, a testament to the town's enduring popularity as a seaside resort. The man's peaceful engagement with the water and the towering structure serve as a poignant reminder of the connection between people and the natural world, even in the midst of urban development. The image invites us to reflect on the timeless appeal of the British seaside, where generations have sought relaxation and enjoyment by the coast. Taken by renowned photographer John Gay, this photograph is a valuable addition to Historic England's collection, preserving a moment in history that continues to resonate with us today.

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