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Oh we did like to be beside the seaside! The pictures which show the heyday of Blackpool as THE British holiday resort

Crowds of holidaymakers on the beach at Blackpool in the 1950s. In 1863, the North Pier was completed and it quickly became a main attraction for elite visitors. Central Pier was completed in 1868, with a theatre and a large open-air dance floor

At the beginning of the 19th century, Blackpool was a small village with fewer than 500 inhabitants. A century later, it offered three piers and more than 20,000 theatre seats each night – only London could match the variety of shows on offer. Here is photographer John Gay’s shot of the tower and beach from 1949.