Blackpool Tower Ballroom awarded £760k funding

Blackpool Tower Ballroom has been awarded £764,000 from the government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

The grant will be used to restore the ceiling of the home of British ballroom dancing, which opened in 1894.

It is the latest in a series of funds awarded to cultural venues as they deal with the impact of coronavirus.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the grant would “help restore this beautiful ballroom so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come”.

The funding was announced as Strictly Come Dancing celebrates the landmark venue in Saturday’s episode.

At the halfway point in the series, the show was due to be broadcast from the ballroom but the programme will instead host a special from the studios in Elstree due to the pandemic.

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