Forton motorway service station, Lancs. If you were going to Blackpool this was the sign that you were Nearly There. As a kid I used to enjoy beans on toast in the tower but it’s shut now because of ‘elf and safety. I’m not sure if the restaurant on the bridge it still open either.
Also, talking about British modernism, here is the former Pennine Tower panorama restaurant at Forton Services, in Forton, near Lancaster.
“Such was the novelty of an American styled refreshment outlet that not only could these areas attract the motorway travellers but also locals wanting to experience something different in a place that would stay open late. Some of its earlier patrons were said to have included the Beatles who regularly made the 70 mile journey from Liverpool to experience this high raised cosmopolitan world of speed, travellers and cappuccinos.”
The highway facilities were designed by architects T.P. Bennett & Sons, and opened for public in 1965. You can read more of the history of Forton along with 1960s photos here. As nearly always, the stylish, elegant and the modern eventually came to an end. For now, the tower itself lies empty.