Cross-dressing and fire-eating helps total

Weird and wonderful Cabaret cts, including vocalist Hannah Marshall and comic singer Laurie-Anne show Blackpool is at the heart of variety talent.

Weird and wonderful Cabaret cts, including vocalist Hannah Marshall and comic singer Laurie-Anne show Blackpool is at the heart of variety talent.

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Fire eaters, drag queens and singers put on a stellar performance to help raise funds in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

The fundraiser, held at Tobago on Talbot Road, wowed audiences with a range of entertainment, encouraging donations to support the creation of teenage cancer wards in hospitals.

Comic singer Laurie-Anne.

Comic singer Laurie-Anne.

Organisers hoped to showcase the best of cabaret talent in Blackpool while supporting a charity they feel strongly about.

Organiser Carl Willett, store manager of Blackpool’s The Body Shop, a partner organisation of TCT, said: “We wanted to show the country that Blackpool is at the heart of variety talent and that this is a generous community who will support this fantastic charity.”

Drag queens Vodka Vera and Chastity Belter were among the acts, as well as fire act Circus Dice, vocalist Fran Collins and comic-singer Laurie-Anne.

Bar owner Marlene Elmore said the night was a huge success, pulling in a crowd of around 200 people.

She said: “It was a great night. All the artists did an excellent job.”

The night raised a total of £121 for the Cancer Trust.

Mr Willet said: “We were hoping to raise two or three times as much but on the plus side it raised the profile of TCT and we showed off a great cross-section of entertainment.”

The Body Shop on Victoria Street, Blackpool, accepts donations to the charity at any time.

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