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
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.