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CURTAIN CALL ◆

Blackpool Tower
Ballroom, Blackpool

Ballrooms and music halls
from a bygone era are still
on song across the country,
says journalist and dancing
fanatic, Jo Willacy

It's said size isn't everything, but the
sheer scale of this seaside splendour,
known as the home of ballroom, is all
part of its world renowned glory.
Opened in May 1894, its design
inspired by the Eiffel Tower,
Blackpool Tower is an impressive
518ft tall. But for lovers of the
golden age of dance, it's the ballroom
interior that really wows.
With capacity for 6,000, it's famous
for its opulent architecture, designed
by London Palladium architect Frank
Matcham; its Wurlitzer organ - the
current one in place since 1935
- and its unique sprung dance floor
that's an impressive 37msq. Used
in every series for Strictly Come
Dancing, celebrities who make the
journey up from Hertfordshire, have
to quickly get used to the change
in floor size - the one at Elstree
Studios is 10m x 14m.
You can visit the ballroom to
dance, enjoy afternoon tea or take
a behind-the-scenes look at the
Wurlitzer organ, with time even
to play a tune.
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