Today, our landmark Blackpool Tower is 125 years old!
Our Grade 1 listed landmark opened to the public on Bank Holiday Monday 14th May 1894.. since then it's been THE symbol of the great British Seaside resort.
It's hard to imagine Blackpool without the Tower....millions still taking the trip to the top every year.
The circus has never missed a season ... famous clown Charlie Cairoli thrilling generations of kids for 40 years after the war.
Today the birthday will be marked with a massive tea party in the world famous ballroom....over a hundred years later..now the home of Strictly Come Dancing...and a new generation of Blackpool Tower fans.
The total cost for the design and construction of the tower and buildings was about £290,000. Five million bricks 3,478 long tons (3,534 t) of steel and 352 long tons (358 t) of cast iron were used to construct the tower and base. Unlike the Eiffel Tower, Blackpool Tower is not freestanding. Its base is hidden by the building that houses Blackpool Tower Circus. The building occupies a total of 6,040 square yards (1.25 acres; 5,050 m2).At the summit of the tower there is a flagpole where the height at the top measures 518 feet 9 inches (158.12 m) from the ground. A time capsule was buried under the foundation stone on 25 September 1891.
When the Tower opened, 3,000 customers took the first rides to the top. Tourists paid sixpence for admission, sixpence more for a ride in the lifts to the top, and a further sixpence for the circus.
Radio Wave's transmitter broadcasts on 96.5FM from the top of the tower.
The Queen visited to mark the Tower's centenary in 1994.
- 1880. The beach before the tower was built
- 1920: A crowd on the beach at the popular resort
- 1933: Workmen fix lamps
- 1934. A crowded Blackpool beach
- 1934: Two holidaymakers enjoying the heatwave
- 1934: Balancing on girders high above the promenade workmen repair Blackpool Tower.
- 1934: The Fylde Coast Express leaving Blackpool Station on its inaugural trip to London
- 1936: Holidaymakers enjoying a cup of tea in the sun lounge
- 1952: An illuminated archway at Talbot Square
- 1954: Two girls enjoy ice creams on the sands at Blackpool,
- 1956: Trams run along the seafront
- Rehersals are in progress for the most unique circus act in the country - it is the Water Ballet
- Tiger Cubs Greet The World, Four tiger cubs born at the Tower Zoo
- 1960: Holiday-makers watching a Punch and Judy show
- 1998: Vintage trams on the seafront