Blackpool Tower celebrates 125th birthday

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The Blackpool Tower will be abuzz with excitement today (May 14) as the Lancashire landmark celebrates its 125th birthday.

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

The doors will open at 10am, when all visitors will be welcomed by tower staff in traditional Victorian outfits, commonplace when The Blackpool Tower first opened to the public.

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

At 12pm, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom will hold an event for VIPs and honoured invitees. Each person in attendance will receive a '125 birthday' themed afternoon tea and a slice of birthday cake, created especially for the occasion.

There will also be performances from Blackpool legends, including Phil Kelsall, MBE, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom's resident organist for more than 40 years, who will lead the congregation in a rendition of 'Happy Birthday'. Stars from The Blackpool Tower Circus will also give people a sneak peek of this year's show-stopping performance.