Curtain down on Showzam!

Showzam! Carnival Ball. Pictured is Les Girls perform the can-can
Showzam! Carnival Ball. Pictured is Les Girls perform the can-can
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THE CURTAIN has come down on Showzam! after another action-packed year.

Blackpool’s annual festival of Circus, Magic and New Variety came to an end yesterday after a series of high-octane shows – with organisers hailing it as the best yet.

Events were held all over the resort throughout February, including shows at The Grand and the Opera House, while Central and North Pier were used as venues for the first time to bring an Edinburgh Fringe feel to Blackpool.

Initial reports suggest attendance figures are up on last year.

Natalie Wyatt, head of Visit Blackpool, said Showzam! had built on the achievements of previous years.

She told The Gazette: “It has been a success and the feedback has been extremely positive.

“Visitor numbers to Showzam! Central were up by 25 per cent and we are still waiting for the rest of the ticket information to be gathered.”

The Winter Gardens was transformed into Showzam! Central for the events showcasing free attractions.

These included sideshows from the 1950s, Mysterious Meeky, based on a Jewish Eastern European Child who became a carnival sideshow and Pinball Geoff, who brought his collection of games machines.

Miss Wyatt added: “The shows are always great and Variety on the Sea and Soap, all the way from Sydney, were all good.

“It brings visitors to the town and last year we had over 50,000 visitors and we hoped to expand on that this year.”

Neil Thompson, general manager of The Grand Theatre, added: “It has really grown in popularity and from our point of view, we’re looking forward to next year.

“There was a real buzz about the town while it was on and Showzam! Central looked great.

“I know Steve Weaver, the council chief executive, wanted it to tie in with it being the children’s half-term too and get more people into Blackpool and I think that worked as well.”