It’s a Strictly shimmying date!

BBC filming the "Strictly Shimmy" at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Kieran Kelly leads the way.

BBC filming the "Strictly Shimmy" at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Kieran Kelly leads the way.

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DANCERS from Blackpool are set to share the limelight with this year’s Strictly Come Dancing stars.

There was shimmying galore as the hit show returned to the resort to film scenes for Saturday’s final.

BBC filming the "Strictly Shimmy" at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

BBC filming the "Strictly Shimmy" at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Local dancers showed off exactly why the resort is known as the mecca of dance as they took part in the ‘Strictly Shimmy’ at the Tower Ballroom, a routine which will be broadcast to the nation.

The move has come as a boost for Blackpool, which was left disappointed when the BBC decided to hold this year’s final in its London studio instead of in the resort.

Kenny Mew, operations manager at the Tower, said: “We had people of all ages taking part, including some of our regular ballroom dancers.

“They all lined up for a 30-second routine and finished off by imitating Bruce Forsyth’s move where he puts his hand on his forehead.

“Everyone really enjoyed it and they are looking forward to their five minutes of fame when the routine is broadcast.

“Although we would have loved to have hosted the final this year, we understand the reasons why the BBC wanted to film it in London.

“But this shows we are still in their minds.

“The ballroom looked magnificent as always, so they’ll look at it on Saturday, and think we should have gone!”

Coun Maxine Callow, who recently called for Blackpool to step up its campaign to get the final back, said: “I’m delighted the BBC has been back filming here.

“It will show the beautiful ballroom we have in Blackpool. Let’s hope we can build on this and get the final back next year.”

Last year McFly drummer Harry Judd won the Strictly crown, dancing with his partner Aliona Vilani at the Tower Ballroom in front of a television audience of 12 million viewers.

This year’s finalists are Tracy Beaker actress Dani Harmer, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, TV presenter Denise Van Outen and Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh.

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