With Strictly Come Dancing heading to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom this weekend, it appears that dancing fever has well and truly taken over the seaside town.
Not only have Strictly fans been lining the streets in a chance to catch a rare sighting of this year’s professional dancers and celebrities, including Layton Williams, Ellie Leach and Bobby Brazier, but the dance show has also made its mark on Blackpool’s Christmas Markets.
Christmas By The Sea features a wide range of food and drinks stalls, alongside rides and attractions including a huge 100ft snow slide and a free skating rink and the seafront set-up officially got underway on Friday night (November 18) with the unveiling by Strictly professionals Graziano di Prima and Lauren Oakley. READ MORE: When and what time is BBC Strictly Come Dancing on tonight in Blackpool and what are this week's dances? READ MORE: The secret Christmas grotto for adults with candy cane cocktails and unlimited mince pies The opening event was hosted by radio presenter Hayley Kay and featured festive performances from students at Scream Theatre Schools as well as ice skating routines from Amelia Kislitsyn and children from the Blackpool Ice Drome Charities Association (BIDCA).
The free ice skate rink was then officially opened to the public as Strictly’s Lauren and Graziano cut the venue’s red ribbon.Read more on manchestereveningnews.co.uk