Blackpool Tower 125: Life and times of a much loved treasure

May 14 marks 125 years since the doors of Blackpool Tower were thrown open to the public for the first time. Since then, generations of fun-seekers have thronged to the landmark to enjoy the entertainment on offer.

Thursday, 9th May 2019, 2:39 pm
Blackpool Tower 125: Life and times of a much loved treasure

From the ballroom to the circus to the heights of the tower itself, all have proved a magnet for visitors to the resort. We delved into the archives to find some of the more interesting old photographs charting the life and times of a venue which is not just the heartbeat of Blackpool but a centrepiece of the nation’s enduring love affair with the British seaside..

Stickmen on Blackpool Tower in 1973
Rocket Man Kinnie Gibson soared up Blackpool Tower with his back-pack rocket in July 1986

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Lightning strike om Blackpool Tower in 1949
The Tower Circusettes backstage in 1948
Teenagers Night at Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the mid-1950s
Two men working on a girder in Blackpool Tower in October 1933
Dan Godfrey and his band in the Tower Ballroom
Comedian Sir Ken Dodd hanging off Blackpool Tower in the early 1970s
Movie star Gracie Fields at Blackpool Tower Zoo in the 1930s