Strictly a sellout for return of TV classic

SEQUINS and spotlights will be shining this weekend when Strictly Come Dancing waltzes into town.

The return of the ever-popular show to its spiritual home at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom has been welcomed by dance fans throughout the resort.

It is already a sure-fire sellout, with tickets not to be had for love nor money.

However, The Gazette now has two pairs of tickets for the live filming to be given away to lucky readers.

The shows, part of the second series of Strictly Come Dancing, will feature host Bruce Forsyth and five celebrities, including Fylde favourite Aled Jones, who will battle it out with their partners for a place in the next stage.

Aled, who is married to Grand Theatre development director Elaine Fossett's daughter, has managed to stay in the competition despite having two left feet!

Mother-in-law Elaine said: "We can't believe he has done so well. He was so bad at dancing he struggled to get up on the dance floor on his own wedding day.

"When my daughter went to see him perform in Joseph on their first date she even said to me that he was a good singer, but he couldn't dance! We can't believe he didn't get knocked out in the first round," she said.

The fifth week of the competition in Blackpool has been a sell-out for months now. The final on December 11 – another sell-out – is also being held in the resort.

After the success of the first series, the BBC commissioned a second, which included a star-studded celebrity line-up of whom Aled, Jill Halfpenny, Roger Black, Denise Lewis, Sarah Manners and Julian Clary are left.

Geoff Sage, general manager of Blackpool Tower, said: "I am thrilled to be welcoming back Strictly Come Dancing and especially the final on December 11 as the Tower is the home of ballroom dancing."

The show will again be presented by TV legend Bruce, with Natasha Kaplinsky sharing co-host duties with Tess Daly.