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Video game show set for return to resort

Replay Video Game Expo at Norbreck Castle.

Replay Video Game Expo at Norbreck Castle.

A computer festival will celebrate 25 years of video gaming when it returns to Blackpool after a three-year absence.

The Retro Games Expo relocated from the Norbreck Castle to Event City at the Trafford Centre in Manchester in 2012 after it outgrew the Blackpool venue.

But it is set to return to the resort over the May bank holiday with around 5,000 people expected to attend.

Organiser Andy Brown said: “We are really pleased to be bringing a show back to the Norbreck Castle because gaming started in the arcades and so Blackpool is part of its history.

“There will be over 50 arcade machines on display, like we used to have in the seafront arcades.

“These machines are all set to free play so there is no need for people to bring loads of 10p coins. Once inside everything is free.

“I am from Blackpool myself, so it was a difficult decision to move the show away.

“It just outgrew the venue because this year we are expecting about 25,000 people to attend our Manchester show.

“However we always hoped to bring something back here, and the feedback we got was that people did want to come to a show in Blackpool.

“It is a really family friendly event and many people make a weekend of it.”

As well as exhibiting classic games from the past, people will also be able to try some new games and meet the experts behind their development.

There will also be gaming tournaments and a trade hall where memorabilia, T-shirts and collectors items will be on sale.

The show takes place on May 3 and 4, with the Manchester show set to be held nearer to Christmas.

The Blackpool event will also feature a qualifying heat for the UK’s first nationwide Classic Gaming Championship.

 

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