One of the attractions of Blackpool in the mid-1960s was a Dalek ride that was situated (as I recall) in an amusement arcade on the central part of the Promenade. It was a full-size red Dalek, albeit somewhat off-model, that had an opening in its left side and a little seat inside. For the price of 6d (or was it a shilling? I forget.) you could sit inside operating the Dalek's appendages as it turned from right to left on its base. I think it spoke a few Dalek phrases too.
Believe me, that was a highlight of a holiday when you're seven!
The Dalek was removed decades ago, replaced by flashier attractions, but on a recent trip to Blackpool I spotted it again! I don't know if this is the actual one that was in the resort 50 years ago, as there were others at other seaside resorts, but the model design is the same. Presumably a collector has cleaned it up and possibly given it a lick of paint. It's not functional any more but it makes an impressive display.
It's part of a display of vintage amusements at The Ice Cream Shop / amusement arcade in Blackpool's Waterloo Road. The display was roped off, so I couldn't venture closer, and there was no staff member available to ask about it, so I just had time to take the photos you see here. The Dalek can be seen through the window, but not very well, so I've highlighted it a little here. You can just about see the opening in the left hand side of the Dalek and the little seat inside...
It was very pleasing to see that vintage Dalek again after so many decades, along with the other classic amusements on display. Happy days!