A highlight of a recent visit to Blackpool was the Tower Ballroom, most recently famous for the Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool special it hosts once a year. Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram may recognise some of the photographs in this post, as I shared the celebrations of my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary weekend.
|Blackpool Illuminations promenade|
|Blackpool Illuminations Tour|
Blackpool was my parents honeymoon destination fifty years ago. This time around they did not holiday alone, there were 13 members of the family including myself to help with the celebrations. We stayed at the Hilton as the original B&B they stayed in having long since gone (thankfully). My parents stayed in a suite which enjoyed fabulous views of the promenade showing the illuminations and Blackpool Tower at it best.
|Fabulous Blackpool Tower and Promenade view|
|50th Golden Wedding Anniversary|
I had made some little cakes with gold 50 on them, and a pair of wedding rings, as part of the table decorations for dinner. Our table at the hotel overlooked one of the illuminations, there were lots of reminiscing of the wedding day fifty years ago.The illuminations were good, but not quite as I remember as a child. Although I do think they could do much more to co-ordinate the movement of vehicles driving through them.
|Blackpool Tower Ballroom - can not wait for Strictly Come Dancing to arrive!|
|Amazing period interiors at Blackpool Tower Ballroom|
Sadly we did not get to go up the Tower the following day as it was closed due to it being far too windy, but we did pay the £2.95 to visit the Tower Ballroom. What wonderful decoration and design inside this old Victorian building. There were many couples dancing on the sprung dance floor, it was like watching an episode of Strictly Come Dancing - my 8 year old niece was mesmerised. I must say I think we will all be looking forward to the episode of Strictly Come Dancing that comes from the Tower Ballroom, and watching it with a different perspective. A few years ago my friend was lucky enough to get tickets to the Strictly Come Dancing Show from the Tower Ballroom - how lucky were they! There were tables around the dance floor laid up for afternoon tea, but having enjoyed a most satisfying breakfast at the hotel food was not on my mind.
|Celebrations in Blackpool|
Thank goodness for the trams though, the prom is exceptional long and far beyond my ability to walk that distance particularly in such strong wind. I was impressed with how clean and tidy the promenade was. We were sustained through the day with hot donuts and visits to the arcade, before returning back to Shropshire with some fabulous new memories of the occasion. Here is wishing my parents many more anniversaries.