Blackpool beach: a year in the life of a seaside town

Photographer Christopher Thomond visited Blackpool throughout 2017. From throngs on the pier to glorious sunsets and windswept dog walks, Laura Barton examines its appeal.   Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including Travels through History : France Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

The Sand, Sea & Spray urban art festival in Blackpool – in pictures

Organisers of Sand Sea & Spray invited more than 20 well known street artists from around the world to create works in an attempt to help regenerate parts of the seaside town of Blackpool in the UK.