Anger at TV talent show parade snub

Terri Barrow, Bethany Wilson and Owen Wilson.
Terri Barrow, Bethany Wilson and Owen Wilson.
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A BISPHAM theatre school for disabled children has blasted staff at Britain’s Got Talent after young pupils were told they could not take part in the show’s carnival.

Caz Hackett from the Tramshed Theatre School which also takes able bodied members, says she is “disgusted” by the way she has been treated by the ITV talent show.

The show will be returning to Blackpool on Wednesday as presenters Ant and Dec hold a huge carnival on the Promenade.

On Friday January 6, Mrs Hackett received a call from one of the show’s assistants asking if Tramshed would like to be involved.

For children under 16 to appear however, they must have a license giving all the relevant details such as date of birth and contact details.

As Mrs Hackett wasn’t due to see her pupils until Tuesday, she said details could only be sent by Wednesday and asked if this would be OK.

She was assured it would be so informed the children. More than 25 agreed to take part.

When she E-mailed the show the next day however to give details, she was told it was too late to license the children so they could not take part.

Mrs Hackett said: “I am not only deeply upset for the children who are devastated, but angry and disgusted at the lack of organisation, poor communication and incorrect advice.

“I trusted the TV company implicitly and have now made an official complaint.

“ A simple sorry does not change the fact our members have been left disappointed, it’s been a huge waste of time.”

A Britain’s Got Talent spokeswoman said: “We are sorry for the misunderstanding, We are now looking into this and talking to the local authorities.”