As residents and regular visitors to Blackpool will know, and as the recent extensive changes to the town centre and promenade show, Blackpool never stands still. The on-going nature of Blackpool's development was all too apparent during the preparation of this book and the town's motto of 'Progress' is particularly apt. This book of historic and up-to-date views of Blackpool looks at some of the remarkable changes that have taken place in the town in both its better-known areas and in some of its more obscure corners. In collating this book the authors have had access to private collections of historic photographs and have sought, wherever possible, to include views and subjects of the town that have not been seen in print before.
Allan was born in Blackpool and has a degree in Civil Engineering from Sheffield Poly and worked in the Borough Surveyor's Department of Blackpool BC from 1978 to 1989. His fascination with old Blackpool scenes started in Sheffield in 1975 at a `collectors' fair and has not stopped since. Allan has had several books published about old postcard views of Blackpool. Allan is married with four great children.