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The Platters - North Pier
The Platters - North Pier
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Blackpool North Pier has finalised its summer season line-up with The Platters, Derek Acorah and the big band sounds of the Mike James Orchestra completing its nightly line-up.

With Michael Barrymore now out of the equation due to injury, Blackpool-based producer Duggie Chapman MBE has brought in international singing stars The Platters every Saturday evening from July 16 to October 29 together with Cherie Jade singing Diana Ross favourites and entertainer Andy Eastwood.

Sunday nights are Big Band Party nights from July 17 to October 23 inclusive with one of the country’s greatest and most popular big bands, The Mike James Orchestra and Singers, presenting The Last Of The Big Bands performing the music of Glenn Miller, James Last, Count Basie, Bert Kaempfert, Andre Reiu and many others.

The UK’s number one spirit medium Derek Acorah, former resident medium on television’s Most Haunted and star of Derek Acorah’s Ghost Towns, Antiques Ghost Show and Paranormal Egypt, will make his debut on the pier when he brings his live show to the theatre every Friday evening from July 22 to October 22 excluding September 9, 16, 23 and 30 due to the World Firework Displays which will be launching from the pier’s decking area on these dates and October 14.

As previously announced Blackpool favourites The Grumbleweeds will be appearing every Monday evening from July 18 to October 24. Joining comedy duo Robin and Graham each evening will be the Houghton Weavers who will be making their debut on the pier.

Tuesdays, from July 19 to October 25 sees The Best Blues Brothers Show in The World… Ever explode onto the stage and each Wednesday evening, from July 20 to October 26, one of the greatest 60s shows currently touring the country will make its Blackpool debut.

In Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise Roy Orbison, Big Bopper, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Jerry Lee Lewis are all recreated on stage.

Thursdays from July 21 to October 21 features Cannon & Ball in Kings of Comedy along with their special guests Duncan Norvelle and Stu Francis.

Duggie Chapman will also be presenting, every Wednesday afternoon at 2pm from July 27 to August 31 and during the October half term holiday, a special summer-time fun-for-all-the-family pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

“This is one of the most exciting line-ups at the North Pier Theatre for many years,” said Duggie Chapman. “I wanted to keep show prices at an affordable price, especially in the current economic climate so for all shows there will be tickets available from just £10 and there will be free child places available.

This programme is a real mixed bag of entertainment for both visitors and residents alike and there is something for all ages.”

Tickets can be booked for all shows by calling (0844) 847 2452 or by visiting www.northpierblackpool.co.uk. Tickets can also be purchased via www.ticketmaster.co.uk.