Venue gets set for big birthday

The Winter Gardens, Blackpool, and (below) the Opera House stage.
The Winter Gardens, Blackpool, and (below) the Opera House stage.
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Blackpool’s world famous Winter Gardens is getting geared up to celebrate its 135th birthday.

And to mark the special occasion, Blackpool Council, The Winter Gardens Trust and operators Crown Entertainment Ltd have joined forces to open the venue’s doors, free of charge, to an ‘access all areas’ event on December 4.

The Opera House stage.

The Opera House stage.

Residents are invited to exclusive access, insights and information in each of the venue’s rooms.

They can also tread the boards of the Opera House stage, visit the backstage dressing rooms and get up-close to the historic Wurlitzer theatre organ.

Michael Williams, Managing Director of the Winter Gardens, said: “The Winter Gardens is an amazing venue and we are delighted to be opening our doors and welcoming the public to come and enjoy it.”

The Winter Gardens first opened to the public on July 11, 1878, with a lavish ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of London and mayors and mayoresses from 68 towns throughout the country.

It has entertained crowds in Blackpool in its collection of theatres, ballrooms, exhibition halls and public spaces.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, said: “The Winter Gardens really is a jewel in Blackpool’s crown and I know that there are a lot of people, both locals and visitors, who would love to take part in this access all areas event.”

Some of the biggest names in showbiz including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones have all performed at the legendary venue.

For more information about the open day, that will be between 11am and 3pm, call (01253) 625252.

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