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Blackpool Tower

Built: 1891-1894
Cost: £42,000
Type: Tower
Maximum Height: 519 feet / 158 meters
Location: Hey Street, Blackpool, United Kingdom
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B lackpool is widely considered the epitome of the classical seaside resort. In this establishment we see glimpses of Coney Island in New York, Navy Pier in Chicago, Atlantic City in New Jersey, and the pre-1900 Galveston Island in Texas. The most visible part of the Blackpool experience is the tower. It was conceived as an answer to the Eiffel Tower in Paris and in its sheltering arms a number of amusement attractions sprang up so it could continue to make money in bad weather. The tower was intended to copy Paris' famous landmark, and was even supposed to originally be called "Blackpool Eiffel Tower." Though it's not as tall as the Eiffel Tower, it appears more sturdy. That's because it is subject to the battering of storms that roll in off the sea. There is a time capsule in the cornerstone of the Blackpool Tower. It contains a record with the voice of the man who laid the cornerstone along with newspapers and other period items. There used to be a very small zoo which included a lion. There is still a ballroom in the tower. The tower was built on the same site as an aquarium. The tanks were built into the tower's design. Like the CN Tower in Toronto, the Blackpool Tower has a "walk of faith." Parts of the floor are made from clear material that you can walk over while looking down.

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Irene Isherwood,[Firth]
Monday, February 16th, 2015 @ 8:10pm
Knew Joan at Collegiate Girls school. Her father managed a comedian Al Read to which you are probably related? Went back for Jubilee year 2012,Blackpool still as brash as ever, nowhere else like it.Say Hi from Irene Firth Born @ 83 Albert Rd 1937 now residing at San Remo Victoria

Ann Lazzara
Monday, February 9th, 2015 @ 6:31am
I lived in Blackpool on Shetland Road in 1943.My sister was in the children's ballet. I was four, and can remember the aquarium, and the zoo...I am surprised no one has mentioned the penny arcade, great fun watching the chrome hand ALMOST drop the prize.

Sunday, November 4th, 2012 @ 1:31pm
Rating: Five stars.
@ Michael hey there ,My nan was a part of Netta Schultz troop of dancers would love to contact you for an exchange of photos contact me

Bill Wick
Saturday, January 21st, 2012 @ 8:33pm
Rating: Five stars.
I was born in Blackpool in 1944. My granfather was William Winstanley a prominent Blackpool developer before the war. I remember visit to the Tower Circus to see Charlie Carroli, Little Jimmy and Paul the white faced clown. My father owned a 1948 Jaguar purchased from Charlie Carroli. I now live in Cincinatti Ohio but am still a sandgronan at heart.

abigail wylie
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 @ 3:01pm
Rating: Five stars.
my father played in the tower band . his name is Steve Kennell. i would love any photo`s of the sk sounds, charlie barlow and the tower ballroom from the late sixties early seventies

Sunday, November 20th, 2011 @ 6:34am
Nostalgia,Nostalgia. My relative was Netta Schultz who ran a dance school and directed the children's ballet. I have some photos and memorabilia if anyone os interested

jacqueline whiteside {taziker}
Saturday, November 5th, 2011 @ 11:49am
Rating: Five stars.
I was also on the royal varity show i have a card with details and name but thats all. Cliff Richards was on that show. was the year before or after when Black n white minsterals was on the tv ? Am sorry i am not very good with names.

judy byron
Sunday, January 16th, 2011 @ 10:09am
Rating: Four stars.
i was in the childrens ballet late 1950 wonderful times miss eileen miss mary miss ruth auntie dolly remember command performance i was an understudy and danced opening number the barn dance scotch week it was packed in the tower our finale one year hac us all in kilts the crowd loved it such a wealth of memories would love to share them with other people

Adam Platt
Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 @ 8:23am
Rating: Five stars.
My grandfather was Freddie Platt, born in Rochdale, played the Carlton and then leader of the tower band. I live in Derby now but still have family in Blackpool. A great place and will always feel like home.

brian Nolan
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 @ 2:01pm
Rating: Five stars.
The most haunting music i think iv'e ever heard was when charlie Cairoli&paul played the clarinet and saxophone together in the circus many years ago,i think it may have been'around the world'tome as a child,it was magical,listening to the music, and seeing the glitter from Paul's outfit and all the gold leaf decoration is something i still remember nearly 60 years on,God bless them both.

Henry Samuels
Thursday, October 21st, 2010 @ 6:27pm
Rating: Five stars.
I am originally from Manchester in the UK and am now living in California. My parents allways took us to Blackpool for our holidays and they allways enjoyed listeneing to Tony's orchestra on the North Pier and their favourite tune was "Valencia". In my older years I finished up in the entertainment business taking part in "Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang" playing at the North Pier in the same show as Ruby Murray, Tommy Cooper and the 4 Jones Boys. Towards the end of the season I came down with the Asian Flu and left the act after 10 yrs.and emigrated to California. I cherish those good old in Blackpool as there is nothing like that anymore.

Henry Samuels
Monday, October 18th, 2010 @ 7:29pm
I was a former member of Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang that often played in Blackpool.After coming down with Asian flu during the show on the North Pier in 1957 I left the act after 10yrs and emigrated to California.I certainly miss those good old days.

Saturday, September 25th, 2010 @ 2:40pm
Rating: One star.
To Jackie Taylor (Deans)I certainly remember Auntie Galley , I was in the Ballet those yrs, please get in touch via Email.Eileen

Jackie Taylor (Deans)
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 @ 8:10pm
Rating: Five stars.
I now live in Ontario Canada and would love to hear from anyone who was in room 12 with Auntie Galley and Auntie walker 1949 to 53 54 auntie green at the door to make sure we didnt go out with make up on

Jackie Vaughan
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 @ 8:22pm
Rating: Four stars.
The Blackpool Tower Children's Ballet was not cancelled in 1957 but was held as a single act in the Winter Gardens on the Bob Monkhouse Show. I was on that show in 1957 before moving to Canada directly thereafter. I would love to know if anyone had pictures from that time. That year the Opera House had Jimmy Jewel & Ben Warris<?> and also featured Yana - there was the Asian flu and sometimes the shows were combined because Bob Monkhouse was very ill along with several other performers.

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 @ 2:18am
Would love to hear from anyone who attended Sacred heart School in Blackpool, 1946-50, also anyone on the Children's Ballet those yrs.

Delyse Smith
Friday, February 19th, 2010 @ 5:03pm
My mother, Evelyn Ashworth, was in the Childrens Tower Ballet in the 1930s. Wondered if anyone was in the Ballet at that time?

Steve Read
Monday, November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:55am
Rating: Five stars.
My Grandfather was Joe Kirkham - bandleader at the Blackpool Tower ballroom pre and postwar. He would play summer seasons in Douglas Isle of Man. My mother Joan Kirkham wasan air hostess with Lancaster Air operating out of Squires Gate Airport in the late 50's. Blackpools history is fascinating especially late 19th early 20th century when fishing boats were still pulled up on the beach

Paul Yarwood
Friday, October 23rd, 2009 @ 8:05pm
Rating: Five stars.
My summers in Blackpool in the 60's included trying to find a space on the beach on a sunny day, a James Bond film at the Odean a trip to the Tower circus to see (Caroli/Paul/Jimmy) perform, then go below to see the animals close up WOW. But I never was brave enough to go up the tower ? ...How lucky was I to see such things before it all changed..I am 50 now and I am due to take my young family to see Mookie at the circus, then have tea in the ballroom and hope they enjoy all the things I love about Blackpool.

Julie McGreevy
Monday, September 7th, 2009 @ 1:47pm
I was in the Tower Ballet for it's final 2 years 1971 & 1972. Joan Davis and her partner "Coo darling" still did some of the choreography though Miss Mary did most of it. I used to go to Joan Davis's school of dancing on Church St. Sadly the building has now been demolished. Very, very happy memories.

margot hibbins
Friday, September 4th, 2009 @ 3:52pm
Rating: Five stars.
my mother was alma wendy in the ballet in the 30s she ended up joining hugie green gang wish i could find some footage

Jim Walker
Sunday, July 12th, 2009 @ 5:34am
Rating: Three stars.
Sir.A previous contributor indicated that one of Charlie Caroli`s team (Paul), was an auguste type of clown. This is incorrect.Charlie was the auguste and Paul was of a type known as a joey (called after Joseph Grimaldi who worked in whiteface).

fred russell
Sunday, June 14th, 2009 @ 1:07am
Rating: Five stars.
Israrted going to the tower ballroom and the winter gardens in1943 at the age of 16. In those days a ticket could be bought for £3 and you could dance every weeknight for a year.I met my wife Anita (nee Gowland) there and we married in1952. We have wonderful memories of that period. Band conductors were Joe Kirkham Freddie Platt and our favourite Charlie Barlow. Very happy days indeed

Michaela Clarke (nee Stead)
Saturday, March 28th, 2009 @ 12:58pm
Rating: Five stars.
To David Williams - The stooge clown you remember was Jimmy Buchanan - he was wonderful, wasn't he. I was in the Tower Ballet for a couple of years around 1970/71 with his daughter Gail.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 @ 4:56am
So many wonderful stories! I'm doing some research into Blackpool Tower circus in the 50s-70s for a novel I'm writing (it'll be partly set in the tower circus). If anyone is happy to share a few memories with me & help me get the details right it would be much appreciated.Whether you worked there (or a family member did) or you have memories of attending Blackpool or the circus in these years I'd love to hear from you. Otherwise any useful tips for books on the tower, the circus or Blackpool after WW II would be gratefully accepted!I live in London now but grew up in Lancashire - you could see the tower from the top of our drive on a clear day!

Audrey Reynolds-DeMille (Williams
Sunday, February 15th, 2009 @ 2:41pm
Rating: Five stars.
I have fond memories of being a cicusette in the Tower Cicus in 1953.Also a dancer with the children'sTower Ballet from 1948-51 when Annette Schultz was the producer Also did many Pantos before joining the 3 Skylarks singing trio. I now live in Ontario Would love to hera from anyone.

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 @ 12:53pm
Rating: One star.
my memories of the tower are magic. both my mum and dad worked in the circus in the 50, dad did the water scene that always ended the show and mum was an usherette called Audrey. i often used to go under thenring with my dad dennis and would see the animals and watch the acrobats and jugglers practice. when it was my ninth birthday i was sat on the ring side and my mum and dad told charlie where i was and he played happy birthday for me i will never forget how proud i felt happy days

Hilary Grainger, interesting site
Saturday, January 10th, 2009 @ 3:31pm
Rating: Five stars.
I saw you wrote about being a dancer years ago in Blackpool, I have been trying to contact a relative who was also a dancer, very well known in the area, dancing many, many times for the NE Team on Come Dancing on the TV, she was a bridesmaid at my mums wedding, her name is Mrs. Beryl Singleton, (nee Walsh), married a milkman, but later divorced, we last heard of living in the Marton Moss area of Blackpool, she spcialised in the waltz, and any info at all would be most appreciated,Hilary Grainger, Malaga, Spain.

Sunday, December 14th, 2008 @ 2:21pm
Rating: Five stars.
Blackpool. The Tower. Charlie Cairoli and Company. I went there when i was one. at 61 its still a very special place for me.

Phillip Johnson
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 @ 8:08am
Rating: Five stars.
My Mum was in the childrens ballett and was a Circusette from about 1950 - 1960 ish. Her name was Elaine Perrow and I would love to hear from anyone who knew her or worked with her. Sadly she has passed away now. I do love going back to the tower as it brings back so many good memories.

shirley turner (williams)
Sunday, December 7th, 2008 @ 1:43pm
Rating: One star.
I was in the Tower childrens ballet from 1968 to 1970 i was a 2nd principal i remember Joan davies and Mary Reeves who off course organized all of it at that time Mary reeves also did the circusetts and organize dance routines for many of the dancers in all the shows in the winter gardens and more i was also in the pantomine sleeping beauty at the grand theatre. then it moved to the pavilon theatre in the winter gardens were i was for another couple of years think that was about 1966 to 1968 ish tom tom the pipers son do any of you remember it . i do remember Madam Elsie Wiliamson who was the main organizer I was a dancer one of the smallest in height. they were great times i still have the pantomine brochure with all our pictures in do any of you remember these years

Friday, November 21st, 2008 @ 3:09pm
Rating: Five stars.
My mother was in the Children's Ballet in the 1930's. She would love to hear from anyone who remembers that time or who has photos.

Chris Chaffer (nee Bee )
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 @ 11:13am
Was in the chidrens pantomime at the Grand Theatre then went to pavillion at the winter gardens ,happy days in 1963-5.Anyone remember Madame Elsie Williamson who produced the pantos ?The Tower for me was magic an Aunt used to take us regularly when live animals used to be there.I especially liked the water scee at the end was terrified the water would come over the side of the ring it never did of course !

Ann Smith (Todd)
Friday, September 19th, 2008 @ 5:47pm
Rating: Four stars.
Blackpool will always have a special place in my heart. I am proud to say I was a Circusette during Blackpools haydays. (1954-55) I now live on Vancouver Island, B.C., I would love to hear from anyone who was there during that time. I guess there are some big changes in Blackpool since I left in 1955

Rosemary Ross ( nee Jones )
Thursday, September 11th, 2008 @ 9:09pm
Rating: Five stars.
I was a dancer in the Blackpool Tower Ballet in the 1950's. Would love to hear from any girls who remember me.In particular I would like to know if there are any pictures or a cinefilm of us at the Royal Variety show in Manchester about 1958.

Friday, August 15th, 2008 @ 2:59pm
Rating: Five stars.
I would love to hear from anyone who was on the Tower Ballet during 1946-49, I now live in Canada. Interested hearing from anyone attending Sacred Heart School 1945 -1949

Jean Whitehead (Lowe)
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 @ 2:15pm
Rating: Five stars.
a wonderful place for any age group. Can spend the whole day there and never be bored.I well remember the fire 0f late 1956..I was in the childrens ballet 55 and 56 and was so upset when it was cancelled in 57. but made a happy return to the lovely new ballroom in 58.

Eddie Fewings
Saturday, June 7th, 2008 @ 10:28pm
Rating: Five stars.
As a member of Blackpool's Civic Trust, I would like to thank Geoff Payne of Leisure Parcs (the owners of the Tower) for our guided tour during our visit in May.A wonderfull job has been done in restoring this icon by a Company that cares about our local heritage.Hats offf to geoof and his team!!!!

matt payne
Monday, December 3rd, 2007 @ 2:07am
Rating: Five stars.
spent many hours there, had lots of fun. lived in blackpool till 1951. would like to hear from anyone

Lucia Pavlove
Thursday, July 19th, 2007 @ 8:40am
Rating: Five stars.
It is a wonderful structure and I hope, I will see it once in the future. Best regards to England.

Sir Ivan Black
Saturday, July 14th, 2007 @ 8:02pm
Rating: Five stars.
This is the biggest tower that I have ever seen , I have been here on five years running and will be going again in 2008, Peace To One and ALL

Bryan Armstrong
Saturday, April 28th, 2007 @ 6:28am
The 'white faced' clown with Charlie Caroli was an 'Auguste' called PAUL.Auguste is the name given to that type of clown. I went to the Tower Circus many times as a child and enjoyed their performances.

David Williams
Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 3:23pm
Rating: Two stars.
The best bits were Charlie Charoli with his red nose and bowler hat. He came on about three times with a stooge called little Jimmy and a white faced clown with a white pointed hat. I liked Little Jimmy; he looked a total idiot and deserved to be hit on the head with a rubber mallet. Total slapstick chaos and little Jimmy always seem get to get it right in the face. It was fantastic. I left the Tower Circus with a warm glow of happiness. I wonder how many millions of other children left with the same feeling. Thank you Charlie Caroli little Jimmy and the white faced clown- whose name I canít remember but always seem to give the orders.

matt payne
Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 @ 1:47am
Rating: Five stars.
lived on fisher street. worked the donkeys in 1948, now live in canada, revisit blackpool every year. love it.

Sunday, August 27th, 2006 @ 8:36am
i love it i just came back today on the 29th of august for blackpool i love it is beaitful at night

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 @ 2:03pm
Rating: Five stars.
blackpool is brilliant! and so is it's neighbouring town- fleetwood! i live in cornwall but still i love fleetwood it really is a fantastic place to just relax and have fun! i love it!!!!

David Chappell
Saturday, May 13th, 2006 @ 6:24am
Rating: Five stars.
With out the tower Blackpool would not be Blackpool,went every year to see the great Charlie Cairoli, and of course Reginald Dixon Mr.Blackpool himself.The traditions and carried on by Phil Kelsall on the Wurlitzer organ, and Mooky the clown in the tower circus. We love Blackpool so much we now live here in a 12 bedroom hotel.

Russell Kramer
Friday, May 5th, 2006 @ 10:32am
Rating: Three stars.
I was stationed at Kirkham at the Air Field there We loved Blackpool shuch great people and what a great place the Towers enjoyed it much THANKS from a Yank ww2

Paul J. "Bear" Shrigley
Saturday, April 29th, 2006 @ 2:29pm
Rating: Four stars.
I was born in Bolton, Lancashire May 25th 1947..I remember Blackpool as a young lad, esspecially the beaches and the piers. Also the donkey rides on the beach, and the bright lights at night. The tower always amazed me. I haver been in America since 1954, one day I will come back to see my favorite place in all of England, that being Blackpool.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 @ 4:14am
Rating: One star.
my mum goes 2 blackpool every year and she tells me its really good. i wish i could go

Steve Heywood
Saturday, October 15th, 2005 @ 11:45am
Rating: Five stars.
Although I have lived in Australia since 1959 from Lancashire, I recall enjoying the time listening to Reginald Dixon when on holidays in Blackpool. I also loved flicking the seats up and down much to the annoyance of the adults present :-)

Leslie Carey
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005 @ 12:02am
Rating: Five stars.
I was stationed at Kirkham from 1947 to 1954. Eventyally living in Bispham for nine years prior to going to the U.S.A. Just wish I could retrace my steps and live there again. Blackpool is great.

brian nolan
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005 @ 1:11pm
Rating: Five stars.
first saw reginald dixon 1948 when i was 3,have been in love with the ballroom ever since.I first learned to dance there, i was thrilled to shake mr dixons hand when i was 18 .i will go back one day,i have so many happy memories. i wish i was the organist there,its the most beutiful building ive ever been in

Lyn McLeod
Sunday, July 10th, 2005 @ 4:43am
Rating: Five stars.
Loved the view from the observation deck.My mum loved the shop.I just adore my Blackpool Bear.

Laurence Cooke
Tuesday, May 24th, 2005 @ 10:54am
Rating: One star.
Had often heard Reginald Dixon playing the Ballroom Organ in the prior WW2 years over the BBC and it wasn't until 1970 that I was able to see this wonderful TOWER & Blackpool for the lst time. Have kin in nearby Preston & it is a wonderful part of NW England. Wonderful memories.

Irene Lakin (nee Woodward)
Sunday, May 1st, 2005 @ 6:00pm
Rating: Five stars.
I was born and raised in Preston and Blackpool was the greatest place in the world to me. The Tower Ballroom. The Chidren's Ballet, Reginald Dixon at the Wurlitzer organ,Fairyland, The Wintergardens and the Pleasurebeach, the donkey rides, fish and chips and of course the beach where you had to fight for a space to put your deckchair and it was always too darned cold to get a tan. I live close to miles of sandy beaches where I can often be the only person there and yet I still think very fondly of Blackpool and visit every time I am back in the UK. There is no other place quite like it and my memories of all the great times spent there are forever vivid

Mal Walker
Sunday, March 13th, 2005 @ 1:11am
Rating: Five stars.
A unique seaside tower that everyone in Britain (and many overseas) think of when seaside resorts are mentioned. Beautiful views, great entertainment and a romantic ballroom. Don't miss it!

Linda harrington
Monday, March 7th, 2005 @ 10:49pm
Rating: Four stars.
Been in Australia for 20 years but go to Blackpool each time we come home, went to the top this visit great

Trevor Latham
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005 @ 5:04pm
Rating: One star.
as i lived in manchester the family always went to blackpool lights it was and still is a great night out the first one who spotted the tower got 50 pence it was great fun!

Friday, January 14th, 2005 @ 5:16pm
Rating: Three stars.
I am the eldest son of paul charlies side kick. my memories are of the smell elephants, and charlie home made custard pie mixture in a big warm vat, old jimmys gurn, charlie juniors cigars and violets cooking and the superb family athmosphere at meal times.

bill harrison
Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 @ 10:31am
Born in St Helens Lancs in 1943.Had many a good time in Blackpool , my Aunt had a Boarding House off Central Dr. Great memories of going up the tower ,the 3 piers pleasure beach etc etc, who could forget Charlie Caroli and Paul in the tower circus.

frances fern
Tuesday, November 30th, 2004 @ 10:03am
Rating: One star.
Years ago a family member told me that my great grandfather, surname Robinson, helped make the girders used when building Blackpool Tower and that his name is on one at the top. As I am about to trace my mum's fammily tree i thought this would be a good place to start. Thanks in anticipation.

Tony Minero
July 1st, 2003
Enjoyed Tower Lounge,great party, and you English Girls are wild,wild,wild.

Joe Flgler
April 9th, 2003
In 1944, in England with the 8th Air Force, went to a tech school @ Kirkham RAF, and visited the Tower Ballroom.

Hazel Stanton
February 21st, 2003
I know I am biased as I have lived in Blackpool most of my life, but the town just wouldn't be the same without the tower. It is a unique landmark that we in Blackpool are very proud to have. A symbol of good times and fun ;0)

December 2nd, 2002
I have always enjoyed the tower and the circus,Charlie Caroli.But they were happy times. Blackpool is a place I link to my childhood,with Charlie Caroli.

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