Chernobyl kids enjoy Blackpool's top attractions thanks to Fylde coast charity
Children who live close to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster area enjoyed some of Blackpool's top attractions after being given a treat by a Fylde coast charity.
Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions members took a group of a dozen youngsters to the Sandcastle water park and then onto the world-famous Tower Circus.
The seafront along Blackpool’s Golden Mile is literally a breath of fresh air for the children.
Back in April 1986, the catastrophic nuclear explosion in Pripyat, Ukraine (inset) released a huge amount of radioactive particles into the atmosphere.
People living in this area, and children born since, have continued to suffer a variety of illnesses in the wake of the disaster.
So the Lions club, in a similar way to many other British charities, do their bit to provide a little respite.
Stuart Gratrix, spokesman for Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions, said: “Every year we as a club support children from Chernobyl.
“It is a project we’re only too happy to continue, because these children need a break.”