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Blackpool Tower celebrates 125th anniversary

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Media captionThe Tower still attracts thousands of visitors

Blackpool Tower is hosting a day of events to celebrate its 125th birthday.

Staff are dressing in traditional Victorian outfits worn when the Eiffel Tower-inspired landmark opened in 1894.

The Tower Ballroom's resident organist for more than 40 years, Phil Kelsall MBE, will play Happy Birthday at a special afternoon tea.

The Tower Circus will give a preview of this year's show, while BBC Radio 1's Danny Howard headlines this evening's Sky High Celebrations in the Tower Eye.

Blackpool Tower Image copyright Blackpool Council
Image caption Blackpool Tower opened its door to the public 125 years ago
Crowds watching foundations being laid Image copyright Backpool Council Heritage Services
Image caption Thousands lined the street of Blackpool's promenade to view the first stone being laid on 29 September 1891
Construction of Blackpool Tower Image copyright Albert Eden©Blackpool Council Heritage Services
Image caption It was originally only going to be 450ft (137m) high but ended up 518ft (157m)
Blackpool Tower Image copyright Albert Eden©Blackpool Council Heritage Services
Image caption It took three years to construct and cost almost £300,000 ($388,500) to build - the equivalent of more than £40m today
The Tower entrance Image copyright Albert Eden©Blackpool Council Heritage Services
Image caption Attractions within the structure used to include an aviary, aquarium and menagerie
Blackpool Tower Image copyright Historic England Archive
Image caption Blackpool Tower - captured in 1920 - was inspired by the Eiffel Tower
Blackpool Tower programmes through the ages Image copyright Blackpool Coucil Heritage Services
Image caption The Blackpool Tower has never missed a circus season in its 125 years even during World War One and World War Two
Tower Ballroom Image copyright Blackpool Council
Image caption The structure houses the famous Tower Ballroom as well Tower Circus and Tower Dungeon
Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton performing the Salsa to 'Ooh Ahh (Just A Little Bit)' by Gina G during the Live Show in Blackpool
Image caption The ballroom has hosted nine BBC One Strictly Come Dancing special shows, with celebrities such as Stacey Dooley, Alexandra Burke and Ed Balls gracing the dance floor
Blackpool Tower ballroom organist Phil Kelsall
Image caption Phil Kelsall MBE has been the resident organist for more than 40 years
Top of Blackpool Tower Image copyright Blackpool Council
Image caption The glass skywalk found at the top of the Blackpool Tower Eye can hold the weight of two elephants
Blackpool promenade and Blackpool Tower Image copyright Blackpool Council
Image caption Kenny Mew, general manager, said it was an "incredible honour" to manage the tower in such a landmark year

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