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From red carpet to the Golden Mile...

Tim Burton at the Alice In Wonderland attraction at the Pleasure Beach and (below) The Killers.

Tim Burton at the Alice In Wonderland attraction at the Pleasure Beach and (below) The Killers.

  • by David Sharman
 

THEY may be more used to the red carpet than the Golden Mile.

But the stars who have been out and about in Blackpool could provide a massive boost for the resort’s image.

That is the hope of tourism chiefs after A list Hollywood director Tim Burton, actress Winona Ryder and indie music stars The Killers filmed the band’s new music video in town on Thursday.

Claire Smith, president of Stay Blackpool, believes the resort’s “unique” character is what attracted the famous stars to its shores.

She said: “Of all the places in all the world they could come to they thought of Blackpool.

“Money’s no object with these people, so we must really be up there.

“We don’t profess to be the cultural capital of the North, but all we say is come here and have fun.

“I can’t think of anywhere else which is like that.”

Comparisons have already been drawn between The Killers’ hometown of Las Vegas and Blackpool, but Claire thinks the resort has something more to offer.

She added: “Las Vegas is known for gambling and entertainment but you wouldn’t think of it as fun. We put ourselves out to host people like this and I don’t know anywhere else as welcoming.

“It’s absolutely marvellous because these are seriously credible movie people and from the pop world, so this is brilliant publicity and it shows off the town’s best advantages.

“The more serious celebrities that we have talking about the town and using the town makes us appear cool.”

Blackpool is no stranger to the world of music videos having been selected as the location for numerous shoots over the years,

Stars including Robbie Williams, Elton John, Simply Red, Professor Green, The White Stripes and The Dandy Warhols have graced the resort to film their videos in the past.

Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool, said: “Blackpool is the second most filmed British location after London and we are inundated with filming inquiries every week, working with a number of filming and production companies to facilitate their needs.

“It is always particularly exciting when a big name band or star comes to town and we welcome them with open arms.”

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