Ballroom's history ranks alongside Wimbledon and Lord's

Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Blackpool Tower Ballroom
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Blackpool Tower Ballroom has been highlighted as one of the most historic places in England when it comes to sport and leisure.

Former paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has included the attraction in her top 10 as part of Historic England's campaign A History of England in 100 Places.

Baroness Grey-Thompson, who has judged the Sport & Leisure category, included the ballroom in a list which also includes the All England Club at Wimbledon, Aintree Racecourse and Lord's Cricket Ground.

She said: "Picking a top 10 list was really challenging but an enjoyable experience as you have to take into account both the venue and quite possibly the sporting event.

"I tried to pick a combination of those with historical value plus local community venues that make a real difference to people's enjoyment of taking part in sport."

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England said:"From tennis and cricket to ballroom dancing and swimming, Tanni Grey-Thompson's selection shows what a rich and varied sporting history we have in England.

"This category has received the highest number of nominations so far in the campaign, no doubt a testament to our national love and enjoyment of sport and leisure."

The top 10 was chosen from a list of public nominations.