I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Friday, 19 October 2007

A bit of colour on a grey August Bank Holiday: Yelloways in Blackpool

The powers that be in Blackpool want to change it's cheap and cheerful kiss-me-quick image for something equally tacky and tasteless but for the Borough something a lot more profitable and glamorous by turning itself into another gambling paradise like Dallas. I have to say that it's hard to understand why the guiding committee should have chosen Thameside or was it Salford for the New Super Casino when Blackpool was the obvious choice and Manchester has enough problems as it is. At one time they used to call Labour The-Nanny-State but they seem more like a Devil's Advocate than the Tories ever were. But like it or not Blackpool does need something dynamic to give it that big kick in the pants. Also of course once you've lost your house, savings and the kid's inheritance too you can always jump off the end of the pier It wouldn't matter much to me anyway what they did as there's very little to go there for now for so many the very traditional British bus related things that drew me there like a magnet have gone including for example the arriving AEC Reliance and Leopard coaches of Yelloway at the Coliseum Bus Station.. Wait a minute, did I read somewhere that Blackpool has old trams?

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