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Celebrations planned to mark the 125th birthday of Blackpool Tower

A huge celebration is planned to mark 125 years since the opening of Blackpool Tower. Photo: Press Association.

A huge celebration is planned to mark 125 years since the opening of Blackpool Tower.

The big day's on May 14th and organisers have promised a birthday party befitting the Lancashire Icon.

They've also made it their mission to enable every child up to the age of 11 and living in the local area to visit the top of the landmark in its 125th birthday year.

And lifetime admission to the Tower will be given to anyone who was born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on May 14th.

Blackpool Tower and beach in 1948. Credit: Press Association

Since 1894, the Tower has been an iconic feature on the Fylde Coast and today, staff, well-wishers and friends of The Blackpool Tower will gather to mark the anniversary.

Staff from yesteryear will return to the attraction to look at how it has changed across the decades.

The famous Tower Ballroom will hold a VIP event and there will be performances from Blackpool legends, including Phil Kelsall, MBE, the Ballroom’s resident organist for more than 40 years.

Blackpool Tower and beach in 2008. Credit: Press Association

“It is an incredible honour to manage Blackpool Tower in such a landmark year.

The Tower resonates with the hearts and minds of all of its guests since it opened all those years ago. “From spotting it on your way into the resort, 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.”

– Kenny Mew, general manager, Blackpool Tower