Luckily, I didn’t have any dancing shoes
This twinkling historical event takes place every year for 66 nights, from early September to early November.
However, a trip to Blackpool strictly isn’t complete without visiting the iconic Tower, and I don’t mean just standing outside.
The crème de la crème of Blackpool is most definitely the breathtaking Tower Ballroom, dating from 1894.
When we first walked into the ballroom, I was just taken aback by the sheer size of the hall, and its incredible grandeur and elegance.
It was like stepping into an old movie set, the echoing tones of the old Wurlitzer organ reverberating around the hall and watching couples young and old swaying and rotating in time with each other.
How wrong was I?
I initially imagined we would wander in have a look around for a while, take a few photos and then continue to enjoy the delights of Blackpool.
However, this was really quite special. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not going to suddenly throw on my Cuban heels and take up ballroom and Latin dancing. However, you could feel there was a true passion for this historical pastime and an art that was going to be lovingly preserved for decades.
So, Gary and I seated ourselves at one of the many strategically placed tables, which are all angled towards the wooden sprung dancefloor, and we sat and watched in awe.
All above and around you, are chandeliers hanging from the intricate décor, amongst the elaborate waves of the balconies.
I spared the paying public
However, you just can’t help but stare at the couples gliding around the dancefloor in unison. Anyone can join in, as long as you don’t mind an audience.
Year after year couples from around the UK and even further afield, come to Blackpool to enjoy this piece of history that continues, while other dance trends get lost in time.
Equally enjoyable is the music from the old Wurlitzer organs, being played by a resident organist.
Keep an eye out, because if you are there when the organists hand over to each other, the Wurlitzer complete with the organist, disappears under the stage.
Making a memory
What we also thought was great, was that you could wander around the ballroom and sit wherever you wish.
Either at ground level or stroll up and view the duos from the balconies above.
The Blackpool Tower Ballroom has become more and more popular over recent years with the annual event of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, (or for our overseas friends “Dancing with the Stars”).
But sadly, Sir Bruce Forsyth who was the legend of the show, passed away in 2017, but if you glance out the window of the Blackpool Tower look below, you will see one of Blackpool’s more recent installations the “Comedy Carpet”. And a little memory of one of Bruce’s catchphrase “Nice to see you, to see you nice.”
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Are you going to slip on your dancing shoes, or will you just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere?
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The north end of the Golden Mile tends to be more elegant. The southern end caters for the more budget conscious.
Our choice was the Imperial Hotel
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