Apart from a couple of dogs, the nearest I can get to this weeks topic are these Blackpool rabbits. Here’s my maternal grandfather, Henry Coates, (back left) with three pals on an outing to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. My mother’s family are from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and Blackpool was their nearest resort. “Wakes Week” was spent there when possible – this was a traditional summer break for the industrial towns of the midlands and north of England.
The stuffed rabbits must have been won at the Pleasure Beach or the pier – the ears are impressive! My grandfather was a miner, the coal face he worked at was below the village where he lived. The pit-head though was four miles away – so he had a four mile walk to the pit, down in the cage, and a four mile walk back along the tunnels before he could start work. A break in the bracing air of the Blackpool coast was probably very welcome.