Tower Ballroom receives six-figure funding for renovations

Blackpool's Tower Ballroom has received a £764,000 grant from the government's Culture Recovery Fund.

The money will be invested in repairs and renovations at the iconic venue, including work on its period plasterwork ceiling. The work will be undertaken during the building’s current period of closure and will provide work to local specialists.

The ballroom, located in the Grade I listed Tower Buildings, first opened to the public in 1894 and has a rich history as the home of British ballroom dancing. Millions of viewers will know the spectacular 19th century venue as the site of Strictly Come Dancing’s annual ballroom special.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England chief executive said: "Blackpool Tower Ballroom has played a hugely significant role in the history and popular culture of our country for over 125 years, as a landmark in British seaside architecture and tourism, to the special place it holds in the nation’s heart as the iconic venue for TV’s Strictly Come Dancing. 

"In these challenging times, our shared heritage is more important than ever. This vital funding will allow essential repairs to take place, providing employment for skilled craft workers and ensuring that we preserve this much-loved ballroom for everyone to enjoy, both now and in the future."

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