SLIDESHOW: Ballroom’s blitzed for Strictly!

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Dancing magic is set to be sprinkled on the resort this weekend as Britain’s best loved ballroom show makes its glorious return.

Strictly Come Dancing will be screened live from Blackpool as the majestic Tower Ballroom waltzes back on to television screens for the first time since the the 2011 final.

BBC technicians hard at work preparing the floor for Strictly Come Dancing at the Tower Ballroom

BBC technicians hard at work preparing the floor for Strictly Come Dancing at the Tower Ballroom

Excitement is building for the show’s triumphant return with 1,100 lucky ticket holders able to see Saturday’s live programme and Sunday’s recorded results.

Kate Shane, Blackpool Tower’s general manager, said: “This is a very exciting time and a massive positive for the Tower and Blackpool as a whole.

“To have Strictly choosing to come back here to stage the most popular television show on British television for 13 million viewers is something we couldn’t buy and it’s magnificent.

“Our beautiful ballroom will be great after Strictly has sprinkled its magic dust to transform it for the show.”

BBC technicians hard at work preparing the floor for Strictly Come Dancing at the Tower Ballroom

BBC technicians hard at work preparing the floor for Strictly Come Dancing at the Tower Ballroom

Among the contestants this year are model Abbey Clancy, who is married to footballer Peter Crouch, singer Sophie Ellis Bextor and Rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen.

Fifty BBC production staff have driven up from London to get the Ballroom ready for the show.

A lighting rig is now in place, 1,100 chairs have been positioned for the audience, and the stage has been decked out for the orchestra.

Nicky Figgins, principal of the Nicky Figgins Centre Stage Academy, on Red Bank Road, Bispham, says the show always draws a lot of attention.

BBC technicians hard at work preparing the floor for Strictly Come Dancing at the Tower Ballroom

BBC technicians hard at work preparing the floor for Strictly Come Dancing at the Tower Ballroom

She added: “We are extremely lucky to have it here and with the Tower being the place for Ballroom and Latin it’s perfect.

“It inspires people to have a go at dancing.

“I have five Ballroom and Latin classes a week and they tend to get busy at this time of year when it starts.

“The hotels will be busy with people who are lucky enough to have a ticket and even the professional dancers are honoured to be here.”

Colin Shrive, 80, has danced at the Ballroom three times a week for the last seven years.

He added: “The use of the Ballroom for this particular episode is good for the Tower and Blackpool as a whole.

“I’m looking forward to seeing it, we spent two hours last week being filmed in the Ballroom by the BBC and that will hopefully go in during the show.”

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