Starlings in Blackpool

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I went to Blackpool to see starlings massing at dusk, but there were other things to look at too.

It started with the railway station, which still had the length of a platform designed for hoards of holidaymakers rather than the rattling two-coach sprinter that I was on. The station was an airy thirties reinforced concrete arch spanning the concourse – a bit like Leeds station.

The “comic carpet” on the prom was fun.

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Blackpool’s newer buildings are just jarring, but there is always the sea (when it’s in) and the sunsets to admire.

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And the starlings, when they finally arrived over the North Pier, were magnificent. It was like watching a ballet of iron filings: one moment they were in a tight knot and the next they unfurled like a feather boa. It started off with one smallish flock and just grew and grew until there were at least three separate flocks whirling round each other.

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Being in Blackpool again gives me an opportunity to dig out an old photograph from 1989:

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I wonder if they’re still waiting?

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