Children from Belo-Russia near to Chernobyl had their first taste of roller blading, 1997
Children from Belo-Russia near to Chernobyl had their first taste of roller blading, 1997

How Blackpool welcomed the children of Chernobyl

It is 35 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. In the years after the accident, the people of Lancashire welcomed hundreds of children from across the region into their homes on visits

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 1:14 pm

In the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the people of Blackpool reached out to families in the stricken area to offer the hand of friendship. The catastrophe shattered normal life in parts of Ukraine, Belarus, and beyond, and left countless people suffering from the effects of radiation. During their stay, the visitors would be treated to a host of fun activities laid on by local organisations from days out and visits to the county’s tourist attractions to swimming, horse riding and craft making. These photos from The Gazette archives capture some of the many children who made the trip over from Eastern Europe.

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