By Peter Walton

whilst Blackpool Tower used to be being equipped, many of us stated it might be a failure. initially expected at £150,000, it ended up costing two times that a lot and John Bickerstaffe approximately went bust development this distinctive allure. yet he was once correct. as soon as the Tower was once open, his corporation made a revenue each year that it existed as an self reliant public entity.

Not merely was once the Tower ecocnomic, however it fuelled the Tower corporation as Bickerstaffe equipped it into the dominant leisure staff in Blackpool. below his management it bought the Palace and later the wintry weather Gardens and Opera residence. by way of the Nineteen Thirties it was once operating ballrooms, cinemas, dwell theatre and the recognized Tower Circus. The Bickerstaffe brothers have been additionally key figures in Blackpool’s civic life.

This is a narrative of the Victorian entrepreneurship that created Blackpool’s so much iconic construction, and ended in Blackpool being the apogee of beach entertainment.

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