Ten things you’ll only know if you are from the Fylde coast

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Here’s reasons you know you are from Blackpool and its fellow seaside areas... there are many more, let us know!

1. You know what a grockle is...

Windy but sunny weather on Blackpool Promenade.  Pictured is Maddie Vettese from Notarianni Ices.

Windy but sunny weather on Blackpool Promenade. Pictured is Maddie Vettese from Notarianni Ices.

2. Jungle Jim’s was a rite of passage as a child.

3. You consider Jimmy Armfield a member of your own family...

4. You know which day of the week donkeys get off...

5. You know what you have to do to qualify to be a sandgrown’un - and you know how to spell it

6. Talking of the Illuminations, you know which roads to avoid on a Friday and Saturday evening when the light-gazing throngs swarm into town

7. Notarianni’s, the famous ice cream parlour off the Prom, only does vanilla ice cream. But by ‘eck, it’s good...

8. Don’t ever describe Lytham and St Annes as Lytham St Annes.

9. You’re still angry about Derby Baths...

10. You met your husband/wife/partner at Addison’s, Springs or Trader Jack’s...or if you’re a bit younger, the Syndicate...or older, the Tower or Winter Garden Ballrooms

In case you didn’t know...

1. A ‘grockle’ is a local term for a tourist. It’s also used in Cornwall, apparently

2. Jungle Jim’s is the amazing children’s play area in Blackpool Tower. It wowed generations of children and continues to do so. If you didn’t go, or didn’t take your own children, you have lost in life.

3. Jimmy Armfield is the most famous living former Blackpool FC player in history. And a gentleman. If you’re from Blackpool and don’t know who he is, please turn off the lights on your way out...

4. The 1942 Donkey Charter says donkeys cannot work Fridays and they must have an hour for lunch.

5. To be a true Sandgrown’un one must be born in the same hospital as your parents, within the Fylde Coast area. People born in Blackpool, Morecambe, Lancaster with parents born elsewhere will be known as Blackpudlians, Morecambrians or Lancastrians

6. Squires Gate Lane is a jam-packed highway to hell early in the Lights season. Avoid like the plague

7. Just try it. No further evidence your honour...

8. It’s either Lytham or St Annes. One or t’other. They are several miles apart with lovely Ansdell in the middle. We’re very territorial around here, don’t you know...

9. Derby Baths stood at the corner of the Promenade and Warley Road until 1990 when it was closed. Its demolition was hugely controversial at the time, but an attempt to have it listed failed. Historians are still livid about its demolition to this day, as are many that used it.

10. Blackpool is a place people fall in love with - and each other. Hope you all lived happily ever after!