Countdown to the Rocket Man’s arrival

Construction of the giant stage and seating area for Elton John's Blackpool concert.
Construction of the giant stage and seating area for Elton John's Blackpool concert.
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THE skyline above Blackpool Promenade has undergone a dramatic transformation as the Elton John countdown begins.

The skeleton of the massive stage where the flamboyant star will appear is now fully formed on the Festival Tower Headland.

Construction of the giant stage and seating area for Elton John's Blackpool concert.

Construction of the giant stage and seating area for Elton John's Blackpool concert.

More than 100 technicians are working around the clock on the Comedy Carpet as they prepare for rock and roll history in the resort.

Already, hundreds of seats are waiting for 12,000 excited fans to arrive. And in just a matter of hours The Rocket Man himself will blast into town and light up the skies.

Chris Pope, events co-ordinator for MarketingBlackpool, said: “The stage being put in place has been an unbelievable sight. The plans were prepared months ago, but nothing prepared me for seeing it actually being built. It’s surpassed all our expectations, it’s amazing to see.”

Crowds gathered at the barriers on the Prom to watch as preparations get under way for the big show tomorrow night.

Construction of the giant stage and seating area for Elton John's Blackpool concert.

Construction of the giant stage and seating area for Elton John's Blackpool concert.

Mr Pope added: “The last few weeks there’s been a huge buzz of activity as we plan the finer details. Seeing it all taking shape is fantastic, having Elton John is an amazing way to launch our new headland.

“There aren’t many stars bigger, we are sure he will help us put Blackpool firmly on the map. We hope this will be the first of many concerts on the headlands.”

Concert-goers are asked to plan ahead however as there will be interruptions to tram services and a road closure to accommodate the event.

The Prom will remain closed from midnight Friday to midnight Saturday between Chapel Street and Springfield Road.

On Saturday, the tramway will be blocked by seating and barriers will be in place between Victoria Street and Adelaide Street.

There will be two tram services in operation around the blocked off areas,

Trams will run as usual from Starr Gate but all passengers will have to disembark at Manchester Square. The tram will turn at the Foxhall and then resume the south bound service.

The service will operate as normal to Fleetwood Ferry but trams will stop at North Pier and all passengers will disembark at the south-bound North Pier stop.

The empty tram will then turn round on the top points and resume service from the north-bound North Pier stop.

Don’t miss our special Elton John souvenir supplement – only in tomorrow’s Gazette.