Square pulling in events

Tractor enthusiasts from Lincolnshire who are taking part in a Blackpool the Cleethorpes charity ride
Tractor enthusiasts from Lincolnshire who are taking part in a Blackpool the Cleethorpes charity ride
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Shoppers will be able to get in the groove when Blackpool’s St John’s Square hosts a free dance event on Saturday.

Stars from Britain’s Got Talent will be among the performers at Make Your Move.

It is the first of two events lined up in the square in the coming week, with a gathering of 10 classic tractors set to pull in the crowds next Wednesday.

Traders have welcomed the events which have been organised by the Business Improvement District.

Ben Edwards of the Cedar Tavern in Cedar Square, said; “It is great to see Blackpool BID putting events on in the square because it will bring people in from the seafront to this part of the town centre and that will help all the businesses in the square.

“It will also be nice for local people to enjoy as well.

“This is a really good space we have here and the stuff the BID is putting on, like the recent Chilli Festival, is really good, but I would like to see more events on all year round.

“It would be great if we could have a Christmas market this year, and I would like to see more use made of Cedar Square itself, as well as the main St John’s Square.”

Make Your Move is being held from noon until 4pm on Saturday and will include free dance lessons, street dance, flash-mobs, breakdancing crews and Strictly-style dance demonstrations.

Britain’s Got Talent 2011 runner-up Razy Gogonea and the Jacko meets the Bhangra cleaning finalists from 2008, will be among performers.

Meanwhile on Wednesday May 28, a group of 10 vintage and classic tractor enthusiasts from Lincolnshire who are undertaking a long distance charity tractor road run from Blackpool to Cleethorpes will gather in St John’s Square between 8am and 10am before setting off on their journey from North Pier.

Andrew Jacklin one of the organisers said: “This year we wanted to do something
different with all proceeds from fund-raising going to Wish Upon a Star and other local charities.

“We struck on the idea of travelling from North Pier to Cleethorpes pier, where we could join up with other local tractor owners taking part in the annual Gainthorpe tractor run.”

The tractor run is expected to take four days to complete, and will take in five former British tractor manufacturing sites en-route from the west coast to its final destination on the east coast.