THERE was a touch of West End glamour at the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards with Jodie Prenger back on home ground.
Jodie was a huge hit as presenter and compere at last night’s glittering event at the Pleasure Beach Paradise Room.
She performed As Long As He Needs Me, from the BBC’s I’d Do Anything, which propelled the singer into the public spotlight and the role of Nancy in Oliver!
But there were plenty of stars around the room with almost half of the 17 awards going to people in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre.
As well as celebrating its 25th anniversary, Blackpool’s Sandcastle Waterpark, was judged best large attraction and secured the Access For All Award, acknowledging its successful inclusion policy.
Blackpool Illuminations, by public vote, were named best event, while the self catering award went to the Coast Apartments, Empress Drive, North Shore. Sunset Park, Hambleton, was top caravan holiday park/holiday village; and the business tourism award was earned by Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green.
n Don’t miss The Gazette tomorrow for a report on all the winners.