Blackpool: a user's guide
Thursday 26 March 1998
There are 3,000 hotels, guest houses and self- catering establishments which can sleep 100,000 guests in any one night - almost doubling its resident population of 150,000.
The most popular tourist attraction in Britain is the Blackpool Pleasure Beach with 7.5 million visitors a year.
The beach is home to the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world. At 235ft high the 'Pepsi Max Big One' reaches speeds of 85mph during a two-minute trip which puts riders through a 3.5 positive G-Force.
The Blackpool Tower, which cost pounds 70,000 to build, opened in 1894, stands at 518ft 9in. It attracts 1 million visitors a year. It is lit with 10,000 bulbs.
The Blackpool illuminations light up a six-mile stretch of the coast with 500,000 bulbs costing the town pounds 1.5m a year to run.
10.5 million sticks of rock are sold each year.
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