Resort’s showbiz past celebrated in radio play

Blackpool performing arts students Emily Gleaves, Ashleigh Darbyshire, Katrina Armstrong,Tom Hanvey and Loui Gardner recording their radio programme at Rock FM
Blackpool performing arts students Emily Gleaves, Ashleigh Darbyshire, Katrina Armstrong,Tom Hanvey and Loui Gardner recording their radio programme at Rock FM
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Performing arts students have recorded a radio programme chronicling Blackpool’s rich entertainment heritage.

Teens from Blackpool Sixth Form were tasked with planning, scripting and creating a radio play to pay tribute to the area’s showbusiness past, part of their BTEC studies.

Based on a theme of ‘Memories of Blackpool’ the students first met with elderly people at a coffee morning to gather material.

Of the six teams involved, a winner was chosen to record theirs at the professional studios of Rock FM in Preston.

The winning story is set in modern day Blackpool and follows an elderly couple bringing their grandchild to the resort to visit iconic places as the grandfather recalls being evacuated to the area during the Second World War.

As they travel around on an open top bus he recalls dancing in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom and then his brother being called up to fight, with 1940s music providing an atmospheric background.

Student Lewis Gardner said: “It was a wonderful unique experience that gave me a real insight into the world of radio.”