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Polishing the jewels at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom

A two week polishing job on the Tower Ballroom's 14 chandeliers Photo: ITV Granda

Countless waltzes, foxtrots and tangos eventually take their toll on the floors of Blackpool's iconic Tower Ballroom.

This year the venue is celebrating its 125th birthday and staff will spend hours painstakingly sanding and polishing the famous dance floor.

The Tower Ballroom was built to the designs of Frank Matcham who also designed Blackpool Grand Theatre.

The whole cleaning process starts off at floor level:

wooden floors to be stripped and sanded
blocks of mahogany, oak and walnut polished
chandeliers taken down and individually dusted
500 kg
the weight of each chandelier - it takes four people to take each one down
the number of bulbs to replace in each chandelier
Polishing one of the huge chandeliers - it takes 4 people to take them down Credit: ITV Granada

The Ballroom's famous Wurlitzer organ is to get an overhaul too, with plans to recruit a new organist, when the current organist retires.