Ballroom's history ranks alongside Wimbledon and Lord's

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

Tuesday, 9th January 2018, 3:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th January 2018, 4:00 pm
Blackpool Tower Ballroom

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.

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"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.