Funny Girl Betty Legs Diamond is back home

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Blackpool diva Betty Legs Diamond is set to high-kick her way across the Funny Girls stage again this summer.

The star, who was one of the original cast members of the cabaret spot which celebrates its 22nd anniversary in July, is returning after a seven year absence.

Funny Girls owner Basil Newby revealed he spoke to Betty, aka performer Simon Green, last November and they both decided it was the right time for a return.

Basil said: “When Simon went, we both wanted to do different things but I said at the time it was ‘au revoir’ not ‘goodbye’ and the door was always open for him to come back, and now is the time.

“He has a passion for Blackpool and is coming back for a new summer season.”

Basil added: “I always said of the original cast and team at Funny Girls, the reason we were so successful was because it was like a perfect marriage of unique talent, Betty Legs Diamond, the dancers, Zoe the DJ hostess, the Funny Girls Bar hosts and the management team.

“They all worked together in perfect harmony to make the show spectacular.

“This year, we are celebrating 22 years in the resort and we are proud to mark the occasion together with something and someone special to our history at the venue.”

There will be a VIP launch of the new show on July 4 which is the 22nd anniversary of Funny Girls which originally opened in Queen Street before moving to Dickson Road when Basil bought the former Odeon Cinema.

Basil added: “We are working on a new show and I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in it.

“We like to keep challenging ourselves at Funny Girls and aim to surprise and delight our audiences with every new show, so I felt the time was right to bring Betty back and re-boot the summer show for 2016.”

Since leaving the resort Simon has had a role in the musical Chicago in London , worked in a drag queen bar in Newcastle and appeared on an episode of TV show Come Dine With Me.

In 2014 he made a two-night appearance at the Viva cabaret bar in Blackpool.

He said: “I was absolutely delighted when Basil asked if I would like to come back to Funny Girls, and I said ‘of course’!

“I went to do Chicago when I left and then to Newcastle for the past five years.

“But I thought it was time I went home because I missed it and a lot of my family and friends are in Blackpool.

“I love the resort and I love Funny Girls.

“We are going to be rejigging some of the old routines which people love, but there will be lots of new material too.

“There are so many lovely people there and loyal Funny Girls followers that I’m sure the season is going to be fantastic.”