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Blackpool celebrated the full reopening of its tourism industry today with the creation of a giant artwork on the beach.

The 70-metre long sand drawing depicted the resort’s iconic skyline featuring The Blackpool Tower, Pleasure Beach and the Big Wheel on Central Pier.

It took a team of four sand artists almost six hours to complete on a stretch of beach along the famous Golden Mile before it was eventually washed away by the tide.

Created by painstakingly raking wet sand, it is one of the largest pieces of sand art ever created in Blackpool. The process is described by the four artists from the Sand In Your Eye company as nature’s equivalent to a giant Etch A Sketch!

The artwork, which was captured for posterity by a drone camera, was created on the day that Blackpool’s indoor attractions, hotels and guesthouses, show venues, and indoor hospitality were finally allowed to reopen in Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap.

It means for the first time in months the resort can promote a fully-fledged offer to visitors.

Jamie Wardley from Sand In Your Eye said: “The UK has had such a challenging time during the pandemic and particularly resorts like Blackpool where tourism is so important.

“So we are delighted to draw in the sand one of Britain’s most iconic skylines to announce that Blackpool is back”.

Today’s easing of restrictions means that major indoor attractions such as The Blackpool Tower & Circus, Sandcastle Waterpark, Coral Island, SEA LIFE and Madame Tussauds will be able to open for business ahead of the next Bank Holiday at the end of the month, along with indoor venues such as the Winter Gardens, VIVA Blackpool and Funny Girls.

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