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Spring clean of Blackpool Tower Ballroom begins

Blackpool Tower Ballroom, as an engineer polishes the dance floor. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The ballroom of Blackpool Tower will be spring cleaned over the next two weeks, starting today.

Fourteen giant chandeliers will be lowered for the clean, which has taken place every year in the Ballroom's 114 year history.

The process begins with the wooden floors, made from 30,602 blocks of mahogany, oak and walnut. Each block is sanded down and polished to perfection.

Kate Shane, General Manager of The Blackpool Tower, said: "The magnificent Ballroom is the jewel in The Blackpool Tower's crown and it is of the utmost importance to keep this wonderful space gleaming.

"Our onsite expert maintenance team headed up by Tom Kellet, who has taken part in the Ballroom annual spring clean for 41 years this year, take the very best care to ensure that each chandelier, which are lowered by hand, are individually cleaned, maintained and returned to their positions to light up the ballroom for another 12 months."

The spring clean takes two weeks and aims to maintain the condition the Ballroom was in when it opened in 1899.