In 1819 he purchased the Lane Ends estate, including the Lane Ends Hotel, and built the first holiday cottages. The New Squadronaires, the Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra also performed. , The tower's design was ahead of its time. In the early 1980s the then Blackpool based band The Membranes used the town as the subject matter for their "Tatty Seaside Town" 1988 single, which was later covered by Therapy? At 12.9%, Blackpool had the highest fraction of working-age people too sick to work and has no improvement on this percentage since 1999 despite the rate in the North West England as a whole improving from 11% in 1999 to 7.8% in 2016. The clown Charlie Cairoli appeared at the tower for 39 years. Cocker, son of Dr John Cocker, and therefore grandson of Henry Banks, was its first mayor. Now displayed in the Harris Museum this provided the first evidence of humans living on the Fylde as far back as the Palaeolithic era.  Limited edition remastered versions of both Complex albums were released by Guersson in 2012.. Holiday (now Which? , Each August since 2006, Blackpool has been the venue for the largest festival of punk rock in the world, the annual Rebellion Festival, which is held in the Winter Gardens over four days and features over 200 punk bands. The line into Blackpool via Lytham St Annes now has a station serving Blackpool Pleasure Beach but terminates at Blackpool South station.  Their home is in the grounds of Stanley Park, which also hosts Lancashire County Cricket Club. Height to the observations 122m/400 ft.  Above the stage is the inscription "Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear", from the poem Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare.  The ballroom, together with the Tower, Circus and Roof Garden, were designated a Grade I listed building in 1973.  In October 2007, a laser beam installed on the Tower for the duration of the annual Illuminations was criticised by astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, presenter of television programme The Sky at Night, who said: "Light pollution is a huge problem. Låpsley's chillout song "Painter (Valentine)" includes the lines "you can paint these wings and make me fly / crush coming over like the R.E.M kind / orange in the colour like Blackpool on the sunrise". The resort formerly held the now discontinued Northern Rail Cup Final at Bloomfield Road, a Rugby League knockout competition for all clubs outside of the Super League attracting many thousands of visitors. In 1602, entries in Bispham Parish Church baptismal register include both Poole and for the first time blackpoole. The Blackpool Tramway runs from Starr Gate in Blackpool to Fleetwood and is the only surviving first-generation tramway in the United Kingdom. Its base is hidden by the building that houses Blackpool Tower Circus. During the Roman occupation the area was covered by oak forests and bog land. The most recent occurrence was the grounding of the cruiser Coco Leoni in March 2008. , Psychedelic rock band Complex were formed in Blackpool in 1968 and self-released two albums in 1971. I almost feel like there wasn’t really another choice.."  Tyler Bate won the inaugural tournament to become the first WWE United Kingdom Champion.  The company was also to manage the Blackpool Louis Tussauds waxwork museum, to be rebranded as Madame Tussauds.. Additionally, the nascent Jethro Tull, then called The Blades, featuring future Tull members Ian Anderson, John Evan, Jeffrey Hammond, and Barrie Barlow, formed as students in Blackpool in the early 1960s. Restoration took two years and cost £500,000, with many of the former designers and builders coming out of retirement to assist; the restaurant then became the Tower Lounge. In March 2010 it was confirmed that a deal had been made between Blackpool Council and Leisure Parcs to purchase some of Blackpool's most notable landmarks. It was previously known simply as the Tower Top, until it reopened in September 2011. , Franz Ferdinand's 2013 "Love Illumination" single was originally called "Blackpool Illuminati".. A miniature village attraction, complete with gardens and fountains. Matcham's brief was to build Sergenson the "prettiest theatre in the land". The number of annual visitors, many staying for a week, was estimated at three million. , Painting the Tower structure takes seven years to complete, and the workers who maintain the structure are known as "Stick Men". The police have since moved to a brand new facility near to the M55 motorway entrance and the site in central Blackpool is earmarked for the new potential development. , This is a chart of the trend of regional gross value added (GVA) of Blackpool at current basic prices by the Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.. Walk of Faith, China. The 1801 census records the town's population at 473. It also features "Drop Dead", a 26 ft (7.9 m) drop tower that simulates being executed by hanging.  It was kept open to earn revenue while the Tower building went up around it, and then became one of the Tower's major attractions. Also, the World Modern Jive Championships are held annually. Her body has never been found.  At the summit of the tower there is a flagpole where the height at the top measures 518 feet 9 inches (158.12 m) from the ground. Between 10 September 2012 and 19 November 2012 the resort was featured in Channel 4's 999: What's Your Emergency?. Vickers assembled many Wellington bombers here and Bristol Beaufighters were repaired for the RAF.  Tourists paid sixpence for admission, sixpence more for a ride in the lifts to the top, and a further sixpence for the circus. Photographs from that era show crowds of tourists on the beach and promenade. Some of the earliest villages on the Fylde, which were later to become part of Blackpool town, were named in the Domesday Book in 1086. , In August 2018, German Indie label Firestation Records released in Europe and Japan an eleven track retrospective album 'Illuminated', on Vinyl and CD, by the late 1980s Blackpool Indie Band 'Rik Rak'. A number of restored trams continue to operate heritage tours on one of the world's oldest electric tramways, along Blackpool's promenade.  The Fylde was also home to a British tribe, the Setantii (the "dwellers in the water") a sub-tribe of the Brigantes, who from about AD80 were controlled by Romans from their fort at Dowbridge, Kirkham. The nearby Layton Cemetery contains the war graves of 26 Polish airmen. On the fifth Friday following the illuminations switch-on the competition winner is announced and performs another display. The town also features heavily in the BBC television serial Blackpool, starring David Morrissey, Sarah Parish and David Tennant and first broadcast in 2004, and the one-off follow-up Viva Blackpool, broadcast in June 2006. W.H. Events at these venues have been screened on Sky Sports, British Eurosport and Channel M. Blackpool is home to many current and former professional boxers including Brian Rose (born in Birmingham), Jack Arnfield, Jeff Thomas (born in Dordrecht), Mathew Ellis (born in Oldham), Matty Askin (born in Barnsley), RP Davies and Scott Cardle. 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