As a major European attraction for visitors, the rivalry between the French and the United Kingdom over whether or not the UK’s equal to the Eiffel Tower is the Blackpool Tower, continues to rage . However, the Blackpool Tower is a popular haven for visitors .
The Blackpool Tower plan came about after John Bickerstaffe, the Blackpool’s mayor gained encouragement from viewing the Eiffel Tower at Paris’ 1889 Great Paris Exhibition. Commissioned to create the town’s newest attraction, he secured project shareholders and the tower was constructed. after he got a sighting of the Eiffel Tower and developed a plan for building the Blackpool Tower. In due course, his commissioned project was erected, making it Blackpool’s newest and most loved landmark .
Standing approximately half the height of the Eiffel Tower, the Blackpool Tower is considerably unlike the 300 metre Eiffel Tower. Which one has gained more interest is still open to question, but the Blackpool Tower sits on its own building, the Tower Circus and is not free-standing as is found with the Eiffel Tower. In fact , the Blackpool Tower draws in about 6 million visitors annually, whereas the Eiffel Tower’s popularity is far greater with about fourteen million sightseers visiting it each year.
The tower’s construction began in 1891, but on its opening day in May 1894, its creators Charles Tuke and James Maxwell (architects) were long since dead , incapable of seeing its completed magnificence . Blackpool Tower and its foundation structure encompass 5,050 square metres, built from 93 tonnes of steel, twenty-five hundred tonnes of iron and 5,000,000 bricks. Sitting on the Lancashire shoreline, the tower can be seen from as far away as the Welsh coastline . As visitors have glanced from the base towards the tower’s lofty top, a flagpole pierced and continues to poke through the sky. On the tower’s 1st day, three thousand people took the opening day ride in its elevators to the top. However , after 30 years, the Blackpool Tower had to be recreated as its steel structure had decayed because it had never been painted (1921-1924). It was provisionally renamed as the RAF Tower WWII when the RAF used it as a base for radar. To honour Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee (1977), the tower was painted in a silver colour . Despite this, other high points brought about alterations and additions added to the tower and its structure, including numerous award-winning amusements:
- Restaurant 1894,
- the Tower Pavilion (1894),
- the Walk of Faith (1998),
- yearly illuminations (2007),
- the Blackpool Junior Dance Festival (Tower Ballroom),
- Jungle Jim’s Towering Adventureland,
- the Jurassic Walk,
- the Charlie Cairoli Exhibition,
- the Aquarium,
- the Tower Heritage Trail
- and the Tower Lounge Bar.
Finding sound deals for hotels in Blackpool within walking proximity to Blackpool’s tower is fairly easy using the Blackpool Hotels, hotel comparison site. In fact , hotels like the Fairhaven, New Osterley and Kenbarry are extremely popular , starting at a meagre £25/room.
Broadcasting more than mere radio waves, Blackpool’s tower provides visitors with an enlightening selection of entertainment , event areas and amusements for all kinds of people. Despite this, though the competition
by harry on August 18th, 2010 Posted in global news | Comments Off