This is, above all, a region of contrasts. Blackpool is Britain’s biggest, brightest, probably brashest and possibly best seaside resort. Its Tower, Illuminations and its unique trams have a long history. Golden sands, donkey rides and fish and chips are all timeless ingredients; casinos and the Pleasure Beach bring it bang up to date.
With Blackpool at its heart, it’s easy to overlook everything else the region has to offer; quieter coastal towns like Lytham and Fleetwood offer sea breezes without Blackpool’s buzz, while just inland is the quiet green country of the Fylde with its peaceful villages and vast skies.
All this is explored by award-winning photographer and writer Jon Sparks, who lives on the borders of the Fylde, through 140 superb images and concise, informative and often witty captions.