Offbeat

By Iain Watts


Unseen archive photographs have been unearthed to mark the 125th birthday of the iconic Blackpool Tower.

The Lancashire landmark – a national symbol on Blackpool’s Fylde coast since 1894 – will celebrate the momentous occasion on May 14.

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To herald the special date, never before seen images of the tower being built and through its 125-year history into the modern era – as well as 100-year-old advertising brochures promoting the attraction – have been released for the first time.

Kenny Mew, general manager at The Blackpool Tower, said: “It is an incredible honour to manage The Blackpool Tower in such a landmark year.

“The Blackpool Tower resonates with the hearts and minds of all of its guests since it opened all those years ago.

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“From spotting it on your way into the resort, The Blackpool Tower is a staple of the town’s history and celebrates the very best of British.”

New booklets were created every season to advertise what was on offer at Blackpool Tower and its neighbouring attractions.

Standout images in the nostalgic gallery include Art Deco drawings from 1919, elaborate gold and silver foil designs from the 1930s and a sobering grey outline of the tower from during the Blitz in 1941.

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Also released are dozens of images of the tower during its three-year build process, with some dating back to 1891 when thousands lined Blackpool’s promenade to view the first foundation stone being laid.

On May 14, all tower staff will welcome guests while dressed in the traditional Victorian uniforms first worn by workers while lifetime admission will be gifted to any babies born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the day.

Kenny added: “We hope that people continue to show the same love for the Tower that they have over the decades and still visit in the years to come.”