Curtain falls on summer shows

Nellie Dean's, Promenade, Blackpool

Nellie Dean's, Promenade, Blackpool

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A BLACKPOOL cabaret show has been cancelled after audiences fell to fewer than 10 people.

The Summer Variety Show at Promenade bar Nellie Deans featured star entertainers such as Benidorm star Crissy Rock and BBC’s ‘Star for a Night’ Martin Gregory Lambert.

But the curtains fell on the production, which began in June, for the final time on Wednesday.

Organiser Stephen Pierre, said it was sad the show had closed early – it was due to end in October – but it was running at a financial loss.

He said: “In hindsight I think I was being a bit ambitious trying to run the show over four nights a week but I gave it my best shot.

“Twenty years ago I would work that venue and people would be queuing around the corner. Times have changed.

“I think it’s better to bow out gracefully and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has performed in the show.”

A Funk Night will now be held on Thursday nights and one off cabaret events held throughout the Winter.

Comedienne Crissy Rock, described Nellie Deans as a ‘lovely’ venue.

She said: “It is a sign of the times, not just in Blackpool but everywhere, variety doesn’t have the pull it used to.

“I think the smoking ban had a big impact and also the older audiences are not as keen to venture out. It is a shame, Stephen is a lovely man as is everyone in Nellie Deans.”