Offbeat

By Iain Watts


Another batch of incredible unseen photographs has been unveiled to celebrate Blackpool Tower’s 125th birthday.

The Lancashire landmark – a national symbol on Blackpool’s Fylde coast since 1894 – marks the momentous occasion today [TUES].

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To herald the special date, a second set of black and white archive images showing animals and circus acts performing in the tower in the 1950s, staff proudly showing off vintage uniforms and queues forming outside ahead of stellar acts have been released for the first time

A full lineup of birthday festivities is expected to take place at the tower today, with all staff welcoming 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 May 14.

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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.

“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.”

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