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Mr Monkey takes a Matcham tour, 21st February

"I bet unscrewing that big circular thing would be a bad plan"

Mr Monkey looking up at the Blackpool Tower Mr Monkey looking at the ceiling of the circus in the Blackpool Tower

The tour started in the Circus on the ground floor of the Tower complex. This was designed by Frank Matcham, opened in 1894, and hasn't missed a season since. In wartime, partrons were advised to keep watching the show if the air sirens went off. Looking up at the ceiling of the Circus he realised he was sitting right underneath the Tower itself, only Frank Matcham had covered the framework with ornate decoration.

You can read about the Matcham tour at the Showzam website and about the Tower complex at the Blackpool Tower website. An official tour of the Tower is available, including a cream tea.

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