Blackpool

Another trip up Blackpool tower.

 Blackpool, Blackpool tower, monochrome, black white, reflection, Lancashire photographer, Lee Ramsden

Hello, id like to share some images from another trip working up Blackpool's tower, repairing the illumination lighting at great height. 

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Arrived to site early and so I walked the long way there. Was surprised to see early morning council worker cleaning the front. 

 Blackpool tower, Wez, IRATA rope access, climbing, electrician

Ropes set, and decent underway. Always told "don't look down" but you have to in this game. 

 Blackpool tower, abseiling, industrial worker, in orange ppe, LEE RAMSDEN
 IRATA, rope access, level 3, Blackpool, worker, industrial photographer Lee Ramsden

Today repairs ongoing to the heart light. 

 Blackpool tower heart light, illuminations
 Blackpool illuminations electronics, control gear, electrician, technician

Sophisticated control gear, power the lighting on the Tower, helps it to change colour and be programmable.

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A spectator while working at height. 


 

Thanks for viewing.

 

Lee

View from Blackpool Tower.

 01 Blackpool FC football ground Bloomfield road Tangerine army Lancashire Photograph by Lee Ramsden

Blackpool football club Bloomfield road.

Hi following on from my last post. I thought i would share some images taken from the top of Blackpool tower. 

 02 The big one roller coaster Pleasure Beach Blackpool Lancashire Fylde Merlin Photograph by Lee Ramsden

Pleasure beach. 

 03 Blackpool Winter Gardens Theatre 97 Church St FY1 1HL Lancashire photograph by Lee Ramsden

Winter Gardens Theatre.

 04 Blackpool Funny Girls burlesque cabaret showbar North Shore Lancashire The Pink Leisure Basil Newby photograph by Lee Ramsden

Funny Girls burlesque cabaret showbar.

 05 Blackpool Fylde Lancashire roof tops view from top of the Tower England abstract photography by Lee Ramsden

Roof tops.

 06 Blackpool Central promenade Lancashire Ambulance service on response call photograph by Lee Ramsden

Lancashire Ambulance service.

 07 Blackpool Fylde Lancashire taxi cab roof tops view from top of the Tower England abstract photography by Lee Ramsden

A towns taxi cab.

 08 Blackpool Fylde Borough council Lancashire photograph by Lee Ramsden

Offices.

 09 Blackpool Lytham Road Fylde B5262 Lancashire traffic roof tops view from top of the Tower England abstract photography by Lee Ramsden

Lytham road B5262.

Top of Blackpool Tower.

 Blackpool Tower LED lighting dusk illuminations prom lights Landscape photographer Lee Ramsden

Have you ever wondered,  - how do they maintain the iconic lights on Blackpool Tower?

 02 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden

Well meet Wez Berry, the lighting engineer that looks after the famous Blackpool Tower and regularly abseils 518 ft down the iconic landmark, to ensure its computer-operated 225,000 LED bulbs are in working order.

 03 Wesley Berry service lift to the top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden

The day starts early to catch the lift to the top. 

 04 Wesley Berry Wez Blackpool Tower Lift changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden
 05 Blackpool Tower Lift View photography by Lee Ramsden
 06 Wez Berry at the top of Blackpool Tower Lancashire photography by Lee Ramsden

Wez's workplace has a view like no other. 

“You're your own boss up here, You can crack on and do your own work.”

The location is extremely weather dependent, with extreme winds and rain meaning it simply isn't safe to scale the Tower's dizzy heights. 

“If the weather's nice, we're on, and I'll work through weekends and bank holidays,” 

“The wind really does restrict us and you have to look at the forecast very carefully."

“You've got to come into work safe and go home safe – it's very much safety first and I always have a rope access supervisor in case anything happens to me up there."

"We work closely with CJIS-LTD who provide the highly trained rope access supervisors who manage the working at height, utilising IRATA techniques"

 07 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden
 08 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden
 09 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden

Wez -"we're working off 100 metre ropes. It doesn't scare me because whether its 20 feet or 500 feet there's no messing about and you've got to give it the same respect.”

Even when the lighting engineer is at home, he can see the Tower from his back window and he'll often get a call from work mates asking him to check on the lights.

“Plus everyone round here knows what I do, they love to criticise and tell me if they see a light out,”.

 10 Highest Light fitting in Lancshire Fylde Borough council Lee Ramsden LED illuminations

The tallest light fitting in Lancashire. 

 11 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden

The top is a mecca for tourists, who flock to the terrifying glass floor known as the SkyWalk. Often, they will catch a glimpse of Wez hanging underneath.

 13 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden

To illustrate just how high todays worksite was. 

For more information on how to conduct working at height safely please use the contacts page. 

If you are or interested in becoming a rope access technician or require additional training i can recommend this training venue Based in Blackpool. 

 

Thanks

Lee

Blackpool on a Shitty Afternoon.

 Blackpool Seasside Lancashire Lee Ramsden bad weather long exposure

Nikon D800 61sec F14 ISO 100

Hi all and Happy New year.

Apologise for the tittle to this post, but i am climbing the walls to do a shoot and so headed out this afternoon. Not much going on but thought that was kind cool.

Sorry I'm no good at making flamboyant arty titles up like most, there seems to be more thought gone into the title then the image in a lot of cases.

I aim to head up to the lakes at the end of the week if i have not returned to Scotland for my day job.

Hope you are well.

Lee