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The Central Pier and Pierhead Theatre, Blackpool

One of The Three Blackpool Piers

Blackpool Theatres Index - Blackpool Theatres Article by Donald Auty

An early postcard depicting the Central Pier, Blackpool in 1922 - Courtesy Roy Cross

Above - An early postcard depicting the Central Pier, Blackpool in 1922 - Courtesy Roy Cross

The Central Pier, is one of three Piers in Blackpool today, namely the South, Central, and North Piers, and is so named because it was close to the then Central Railway Station in Blackpool, now long gone. The Central Pier was the second of the three Blackpool Piers to be built and was constructed by Richard Laidlaw and Son of Glasgow, who also built the earlier North Pier. This Pier was designed by Lieutenant-Colonel John Isaac Mawson and opened on the 30th of May 1868.

The Central Pier, Blackpool in August 2012 - Photo M. L.

Above - The Central Pier, Blackpool in August 2012 - Photo M. L.

A Programme for Frank Randle in 'Randle's Summer Scandals' at the Blackpool Central Pier - Courtesy Roy Cross. A programme for 'Those Good Old Days' at the Central Pier, Blackpool in 1978 - Courtesy Keith Hopkins and Duggie ChapmanThe Central Pier was 460 metres long when it first opened, although the last 120 metres was originally used as a landing jetty for pleasure boats arriving in Blackpool. The Pier was designed with a less high minded view than the earlier North Pier and from the start was designed with several dance halls constructed on its wooden platforms. Later a Roller Skating Rink and a Theatre called the Pierhead Theatre replaced the dance halls.

Right - A programme for 'Those Good Old Days' at the Central Pier, Blackpool in 1978 - Courtesy Keith Hopkins and Duggie Chapman - See cast Details Below And A Programme for Frank Randle in 'Randle's Summer Scandals' at the Blackpool Central Pier - Courtesy Roy Cross. On the Bill were Frank Randle, The Sandy Sisters and Eddie, Sonny Roy, Bobbie Collins, The Show Boat River Belle. The Three Palmers, Phillip Kelly, and Sally Summers and Dizzi.

A programme for 'Those Good Old Days' at the Central Pier, Blackpool in 1979 - Courtesy Keith Hopkins and Duggie ChapmanIn 1986 the Theatre was converted into a show bar called Peggy Sue's Showboat, and in 1990 a large Ferris Wheel was constructed on the Pier.

Today the Central Pier has a mixture of amusements including a fun fair with a Big Wheel, a Crazy Frogs ride, Dodgems, the Waltzer, an Extreme ride, and others, and it also has a show bar called Legends which puts on up to three shows a year with four different line-ups, and a Family Bar which also provides various live entertainments.

Left - A programme for 'Those Good Old Days' at the Central Pier, Blackpool in 1979 - Courtesy Keith Hopkins and Duggie Chapman - See cast Details Below.

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Programmes for 'Those Good Old Days' at the Central Pier, Blackpool 1978/9

A programme for 'Those Good Old Days' at the Central Pier, Blackpool in 1978 - Courtesy Duggie Chapman and Keith Hopkins

Above - A programme for 'Those Good Old Days' at the Central Pier, Blackpool in 1978 - Courtesy Duggie Chapman and Keith Hopkins who says 'Duggie Chapman (Blackpool Impresario) sent me these two programmes from Central Pier Blackpool 1978 and 1979. I was in both shows for Trafford and Parnell Productions who presented the shows for Peter Webster.'

A programme for 'Those Good Old Days' at the Central Pier, Blackpool in 1979 - Courtesy Duggie Chapman and Keith Hopkins

Above - A programme for 'Those Good Old Days' at the Central Pier, Blackpool in 1979 - Courtesy Duggie Chapman and Keith Hopkins who says 'Duggie Chapman (Blackpool Impresario) sent me these two programmes from Central Pier Blackpool 1978 and 1979. I was in both shows for Trafford and Parnell Productions who presented the shows for Peter Webster.'

The Marie Ashton Dancers at The Central Pier, Blackpool

The Marie Ashton Dancers at The Central Pier, Blackpool - Courtesy Keith Hopkins The Marie Ashton Dancers at The Central Pier, Blackpool - Courtesy Keith Hopkins

 

The Marie Ashton Dancers at The Central Pier, Blackpool - Courtesy Keith Hopkins

Above - The Marie Ashton Dancers at The Central Pier, Blackpool - Courtesy Keith Hopkins who says 'I found these three photos of the Marie Ashton Dancers at The Central Pier. Marie went on to be one of the founder members of Les Dawson's ROLY POLYS. She was married to Ronnie Parnell who, with his business partner Tommy Trafford, presented the show. Tommy has a good page on the ITS-BEHIND-YOU website.'

The South Pier, Blackpool can just about be seen to the far left of this panoramic view from the top of the Blackpool Tower in August 2012 - Photo M. L.

Above - The Central Pier, Blackpool can just about be seen to the left of this panoramic view from the top of the Blackpool Tower in August 2012 - Photo M. L.

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