A short documentary filmed inside of The Ashleigh Hotel, once a seaside guesthouse hosting “bucket and spade” holiday-goers. It closed its doors to the public in 1982 to become a permanent home to a group of Blackpool residents estranged from their social networks. Symptomatic of a wider transformation undergone by the town since the advent of cheap air travel in the 1970’s caused the traditional seaside holiday to fall from popularity.
Subsequent economic problems have resulted in a rise in the number of guesthouses no longer servicing holidaymakers but instead housing Blackpool’s enormous transient population of people facing difficulties such as such as family breakdowns mental health issues.
The film screened at HOME (Manchester, UK) in 2017.