Best of 2014: Pulling Out the Stops

As 2014 draws to a close, the altBlackpool team have been reminiscing about a year of cultural happenings on the Fylde Coast.  It’s been a packed calendar this time round.  We’ve had a couple of big draw, international stage events from LeftCoast (Blam! and As the World Tipped), comedy with the re-launch of the North West Comedy Collective and John Hegley at the Catholic Club and a variety of circus-style entertainment at another marvellous Showzam!

There have been all sort of creative workshops at the libraries and community centres and Fleetwood Tram Sunday was a riot of performance this time round.  Al Fresco at Blackpool Cricket Club was as popular as ever and we have feasted on a smorgasbord of exhibitions, from the wonderfully sensual Heather Phillipson at The Grundy to the minimalist sculpture of Sam Shendi at Venn Projects and the provocative offerings of Supercollider.

Over the next two weeks we will look back at our favourite features from the year and remind you of what has been achieved by creatives and loved by audiences in the area.

One of our most popular articles this year featured the return of the Wurlitzer to the Winter Gardens’ Empress Ballroom by the Cannock Chase Organ Club.  In September, Sandra Mangan spoke to Steve Tovey about the project while Claire Griffiths captured some images of the work in progress.

Click the picture below to read the interview.


Pulling Out the Stops for Labour of Love
Pulling Out the Stops for Labour of Love


Featured image by C J Griffiths Photography

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