B is for Blackpool Tower
Blackpool Tower is a tourist attraction in the popular seaside resort of Blackpool, Lancashire in England. It opened to the public on 14 May 1894. The inspiration for the Tower came from Eiffel Tower in Paris. The tower rises to 518 feet 9 inches (158.12 metres) and is a Grade I listed building.
The tower is used as an observational radio tower.
In 1940, during the Second World War the crow's-nest was removed to allow the structure to be used as a Royal Air Force radio station known as RAF Tower, which proved unsuccessful.
The Tower Circus is situated at the base of the tower between its four legs and hasn't missed a season since it opened in May 1894.
Blackpool is also famous for The Lights or The Illuminations, 6 miles (10km) in length they run each year for sixty-six days from late August until early November. They have been dubbed as "the greatest free light show on earth" and use over one million bulbs. The display is usually switched on by a celebrity.
Dating back to 1894, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is world famous for its unique sprung dance floor and spectacular architecture and remains to this day a destination for dance fans from across the globe. It hosts afternoon tea dances which you can enjoy listening to the famous Wurlitzer organ being played and is also home to famous ballroom contests including the popular TV series of Strictly Come Dancing.
High tea at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Sandwiches, cake and cream scones to be consumed
A waltz on the unique sprung floor
We wait for the applause before we take an encore
An afternoon of pleasure
Precious time to treasure
Memories of a seaside town
Climb the tower and don't look down
The grand illuminations at night
Such a very pretty sight
Strolling along the promenade we amble
Taking in the lights, gaudy or tasteful
It is only a matter of opinion
For 66 nights until they are done.