Will Sir Elton ‘make it up’ to resort fans?

Elton John's concert on Blackpool promenade.
Elton John's concert on Blackpool promenade.
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This time last year Blackpool was gearing up for one of its biggest coups in years – Sir Elton John was on his way to town.

Thousands flocked to the resort to see the pop superstar take to the stage to perform some of his biggest hits in his first gig in Blackpool for 30 years.

But after two hours – just six songs from the end – he was forced to announce his set on the Tower Festival Headland would come to an early close because of an incoming storm.

As he left the stage, he said “I’ll make it up to you”, prompting hopes of a return to the resort.

The Gazette asked the star’s representatives if there were plans for a second trip to Blackpool in as many years.

Gary Farrow, PR spokesman for Sir Elton, said: “Elton is looking at playing some venues in the UK in 2014, I’m sure his management will look at this then.”

The idea of a return is welcomed by fan and hotel manager Mick Grewcock.

Mr Grewcock, of Burbage Holiday Lodge on Queen’s Promenade, was at the concert last year. He said: “Over the last few months we have seen a wonderful surge in top artists announcing they are coming to Blackpool, be it at the Opera House or the Winter Gardens.

“It was such a shame that the wind got up last year because the atmosphere was electric.”

Claire Smith, president of Stay Blackpool, said despite Sir Elton’s early finish, the town got its money’s worth.

She added: “It would be great if he could come back to Blackpool and give us a second chance, but everyone came away happy last year.”