LUCKY DIPPER; Marlene Dietrich's Earring from 1934 Found under Roller Coaster in Blackpool
Byline: By PAUL BYRNE
IT was the biggest night in the history of Blackpool when one of the world's most famous movie stars came to visit.
Marlene Dietrich lit up the seaside resort in 1934 - and she screamed with delight when fairground chairman Leonard Thompson invited her to ride its new roller coaster.
But the night ended in tears as her gold and pearl earring - a gift from an unknown male friend - flew off as she thundered round the track.
By a stroke of luck, 73 years on, staff at the Pleasure Beach have now recovered the earring from a man-made lake under the ride as they prepare for a new attraction to be installed.
Dietrich, who died in 1992, had written to Thompson asking him to scour the 44-acre fairground for the earring but staff failed to find it.
A Blackpool Pleasure Beach spokeswoman said: "The earring had more sentimental value to the actress than cash value. …