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

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.

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
Stickmen on Blackpool Tower in 1973
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Rocket Man Kinnie Gibson soared up Blackpool Tower with his back-pack rocket in July 1986
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
Lightning strike om Blackpool Tower in 1949
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The Tower Circusettes backstage in 1948
The Tower Circusettes backstage in 1948
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