Some little boys are obsessed with Lego. Others can’t get enough dinosaurs. But it was Blackpool Tower that captured the imagination of a six-year-old.
Now, Charlie Barratt has fulfilled his dream of becoming the voice of the attraction’s elevator after news of his superfandom broke.
Charlie did a tower project at school, recording his own version of the existing elevator speech.
One of his teachers contacted Kenny Mew, the tower’s operations manager, and told him about Charlie’s love for the 518-foot (157 m) structure.
Meow told BBC Radio Lancashire“His school contacted me and said they had this young boy who was passionate about the Blackpool tower and had actually recorded the elevator speech and I was like, ‘How did- does he do that?’
“I played it back and it had the verbatim speech that we had already recorded in the elevator and it just sounded amazing. And we were like, ‘You know what? We’re going to give Charlie a chance to do it.
“He was absolutely brilliant, he did an amazing job and we’re really proud of what he did.”
Charlie has been invited to a professional recording studio to perform his version and his mother, Wendy, is as thrilled as he is. She told the BBC: “He absolutely adores the tower and the passion he shows for it is incredible.
“We are the proudest of parents, he just took it all in his stride. His last subject at school was about the Blackpool tower, so he knew all the facts and he was spreading them around the class.
“He loves it and he’s been that way ever since. [he was] very little really, since we took him up there. From the minute he could walk, really.
In addition to the elevator, Charlie is expected to lend his voice to other areas in the future.