Ballroom cleaners putting on the glitz

General manager Kate Shane and maintenance manager Tom Kellett who is retiring after 41 years and (below) Jordan Tierney hard at work.
General manager Kate Shane and maintenance manager Tom Kellett who is retiring after 41 years and (below) Jordan Tierney hard at work.
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IT takes the ultimate cleaning blitz to keep The Tower Ballroom looking at its sparkling best.

The iconic dance mecca will be gleaming after its annual clean which sees an expert team work their magic on the dance floor and impressive chandeliers.

Jordan Tierney cleans dust off a chandelier in Blackpool's Tower Ballrrom.

Jordan Tierney cleans dust off a chandelier in Blackpool's Tower Ballrrom.

The ballroom is closed for two weeks in January allowing an expert team to work their magic on the dance floor and exquisite chandeliers.

Tom Kellett, Tower maintenance manager, from Poulton, said: “Dancers come here every week so the floor gets tired with all the ladies’ high heels

“Every January the dancers come back and say what a wonderful job has been done, and how much nicer the floor is to dance on.

“It’s great for the public, and it’s great for us, as the clean lasts for a full 12 months”.

In the past, staff used beeswax to polish and clean the dance floor but this would only last a month, meaning the much loved ballroom would be closed for one day every four weeks.

Nowadays, the overhaul involves stripping off the old polish and re-polishing it once a year.

Then the beautiful chandeliers are lowered down as carefully as a feather step .

All the glass shades are removed from the 16 chandeliers and the glass work in the crystal is then checked over and inspected by insurers.

Kate Shane, general manager of The Blackpool Tower, said: “The magnificent ballroom is the jewel in The Tower’s crown and it is of the utmost importance to keep this wonderful space gleaming.

“Our on-site expert maintenance team is headed up by Tom Kellett, who has taken part in the ballroom annual clean for 41 years this year.

“They take the very best care to ensure each chandelier, which are lowered by hand, are individually cleaned, maintained and returned to their positions to light up the ballroom for another 12 months.”

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