Top star backs talent hunt plan

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POP star Little Boots has given her backing to a £3m scheme to find the next big thing in Blackpool.

The big-money Arts Council grant will be used to revamp the town’s arts scene in an attempt to help the resort reclaim its title of showbiz capital of the north.

The grant, secured by a consortium from Blackpool and Wyre, will allow residents to try their hand at everything from singing and dancing to circus tricks and magic.

It is hoped it will get more people than ever before on the Fylde coast involved in the arts and that the next Alfie Boe or John Simm might be discovered.

The cash windfall was announced a fortnight ago and immediately got the thumbs up from West End queen and Blackpool favourite Jodie Prenger.

And now Little Boots, aka Bispham girl Victoria Hesketh, has revealed her delight at the plan to transform her hometown into a hot-bed for new talent.

Victoria, working on a much-anticipated follow up to her debut album Hands – which peaked at number five in the charts – said she is looking forward to seeing what impact the money will have.

The 28-year-old said: “It’s great that Blackpool has been chosen for an arts grant.

“The town is a very special place that breeds creativity and it is brilliant this has been recognised.

“This grant will enable local talent to be nurtured on home ground rather than having to travel further afield for opportunities.

“I look forward to seeing the impact the grant has on Blackpool’s art scene and its community.”

Blackpool and Wyre was selected for the grant because it is an area where local people’s involvement in the arts is well below the national average.