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ENTERTAINMENT duo Ant and Dec rolled into Blackpool as Britain’s Got Talent was welcomed back to the resort.

The pair led an all singing and dancing colourful parade along the Promenade as the show returned to the town after a four-year absence.

Ant and Dec at the Britain's Got Talent Carnival on Blackpool Promenade

Ant and Dec at the Britain's Got Talent Carnival on Blackpool Promenade

Thousands of hopefuls, from dance groups to solo artists, joined residents as the Prom was shut down so they could film clips for the ITV talent show ahead of auditions at the Winter Gardens on January 24.

And the pint-sized Geordie duo said they expect to find a lot of talent in Blackpool after the 2008 auditions were described as “chuck yourself off the end of the pier” performers by judge Piers Morgan.

Ant, who cruised along the Prom in a vintage Triumph Stag with Dec, said: “It’s good to be back in Blackpool.

“It’s fantastic to be here and we are very hopeful of finding talent.”

Ant and Dec at the Britain's Got Talent Carnival on Blackpool Promenade

Ant and Dec at the Britain's Got Talent Carnival on Blackpool Promenade

His sidekick Dec added: “Blackpool is the home of UK entertainment and I think we will find and abundance of weird and wonderful talent here. This is a great day and we are thrilled to be back.”

The day was spent filming scenes for the new series as they travelled between North and Central Pier in the car and open-top bus.

Phyllis Davies School of Dancing in Cleveleys took part in the parade after auditioning.

Dancer Amy Colebourne, 12, from Hambleton, said: “It’s been a really exciting day.

“I think it’s so amazing that Ant and Dec are here and all the hard work we have done has been worth it.

Heather Dee, a singer from Layton, added: “It’s a great, colourful day.

“I think people associate Blackpool with having fun and this shows it visually with everyone having a good time.”

Police said a 21-year-old man from Blackpool had been arrested during the parade for breaking through security cordons to try to reach Ant and Dec.

A spokeswoman for the pair said they were never in any danger and were “absolutely fine”.