Space City Scene
Pictures from exhibit "Roll up, roll up.............Come and see the
Greatest Show in the Universe !" That may well
be a suitably traditional promotion call heard
in by-gone days on the sea-front at brash and
breezy Blackpool. Today, it could be eminently
suitable to introduce a glimpse into the future
as seen through the eyes of Britain's Number One
fantasy film producer in Britain's Premier
holiday resort, Blackpool.

The show is, of course, the Gerry Anderson
"Space City" exhibition situatied in the heart of
the famous Blackpool Golden Mile - housed, in
fact, in the Golden Mile Centre itslef, just one
of the newer buildings to replace the old-
fashioned sea-front of yesteryear. The show is
a direct descendant of the old-fashioned side-
show and can be found side-by-side with a huge
amusement arcade and an indoor FunFair.

A picture paints a thousand words, or so they
say, and certainly "City" stands by that maxim
with the range of displays relying on their
sheer spectacle with the minimum of explanation
cards and reminders. The "Space City" came into
being when the Blackpool Tower Company, part of
the giant EMI-Thorn group. decided to mount an
exhibition of some sort to rival the established
BBC "Doctor Who" exhibition which is located
literally a stone's throw from the Golden Mile
Centre itself.

Certainly science-fiction seemed to be a crowd-
puller and it didn't take long for the Tower
Company to approach Gerry Anderson with a view
to staging a show around the many television
series formulated by himself and Sylvia Anderson.
Mr. Anderson himself, though somewhat bemused by
the prospect of people actually wanting to PAY
to look at his creations, took a leading role in
the planning of the exhibition, which was master-
minded by Keith Shackleton and Mr. Joe Bramley,
the manager of the show.

Mr. Bramley is an amiable man who spoke to me at
the end of last year about the exhibition. He
was quite proud to point out that until "Space
City" was created, the Anderson legend was
scattered around Britain with such things as
models at Bray Studios, sets at Pinewood, and
various models and memorabilia in the hands of
individuals who had worked at different times
for the Anderson organisation. "The shame is that
Gerry Anderson himself never kept very much for
himself, you know," said Joe, almost sadly.

With the coming of the "City" all this was put
to rights, Model-maker Martin Bower was brought
in to re-create some of the earlier craft, but
the stock on show is worth about 250,000 it is

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