Stars come out as Strictly comes dancing into Blackpool

Blackpool was firmly in the spotlight as hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing was broadcast to millions of home live from the Tower Ballroom.
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The picture appears to show two people clinging on to the back of the bus. Photo: Twitter\JamesClancy1

'Crazy' pair spotted clinging to Blackpool bus

This stunt - with two people clinging to the back of a bus in Blackpool - has been branded 'crazy' by shocked onlookers.

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Details for this year's Layton Christmas lights switch-on have been revealed

Details announced for Christmas lights switch-on celebration

Plans for the 2017 Christmas lights switch-on festivities in Layton have been finalised.

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Revoe Primary School's headteacher Dayle Harrison

'Serious' fire alarm fault fixed as Blackpool school set to reopen

Bosses at a Blackpool school say it will re-open on Monday after a 'serious technical failure' forced it to close on Thursday and Friday.

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One of the raiders stands on the street as lookout, while the other prepares to hit the salon's glass front door with what looks like a hockey stick (Picture: Ethan Hull Salon/Facebook)

Salon set to quit Blackpool town centre, saying it’s now too ‘scary’ for customers

A salon targeted in a smash-and-grab raid is to quit Blackpool town centre after 12 years, claiming it is now too “scary” for female customers.

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez. Photos by Dave Nelson

Venue casts its spell on Strictly dancers

The jewel in Blackpool’s glittering crown, the Tower Ballroom, is once more be going live to the nation as Strictly Come Dancing broadcasts from the resort tonight.

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Damien Eichner

Robber jailed for three knife-point raids on shops in quarter of an hour

A robber who tried to escape across rooftops after holding up three shops at knife-point within 15 minutes has been jailed for eight years and four months.

Jean Matthews-Gough

Blackpool sporting legend Sir Stanley Matthews memorabilia to be auctioned

The daughter of football legend Sir Stanley Matthews is to sell off some of her father’s momentoes – and she wants fans to have them.
Traffic in the town centre due to roadworks on the Promenade and Talbot Road

Shop owners hit back over ‘gridlock resort’

Cars continue to queue on Blackpool roads as roadworks sparked travel chaos across the resort.

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The Broadway Stars Morris dancers

Broadway Stars’ £9k fund success

Dedicated dancers at a Blackpool dance troupe who brought home a haul of medals at this year’s championship competition have been rewarded for their efforts

Top right: Blackpool Norths number 2 signal box, dating from 1896, is demolished Pic: @TheGNRP Bottom right: Platforms are demolished at Blackpool North Left: Workers remove tracks

Blackpool to Preston railway line work will be ‘worth pain’ says rail chief

Platforms have been demolished and tracks removed in the first week of work to upgrade the Blackpool to Preston railway line.

The 12 defendants were found guilty of obstructing the highway - but acquitted of stopping Cuadrilla staff from working

Councillors among dozen found guilty of blocking Preston New Road during anti-fracking protest

Three Lancashire councillors have been found guilty of wilfully obstructing the highway when they took part in a 10-hour anti-fracking protest.

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Two engines from Blackpool attendedthe Parade Rest Home in Raikes Road

Smoke at residential care home sparks emergency call-out

Firefighters were called out to reports of smoke at a residential home in Blackpool, say fire services.

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Black-tie do celebrated the top in tourism

Guests enjoyed a four-course meal including Lancashire-sourced produce at the annual Lancashire Tourism Awards.

1. Most people see her face every day, on items in their pocket

Whose waxwork is it anyway...?

It’s probably fair to say technology has moved on in the waxworks world over the years.

Conductor Helen Harrison

Double delight for night of operatic favourites

Almost 100 performers are joining forces for a special concert.

Tameka Jackson as Diana Ross

Tribute acts celebrate festive season

There’s a celebration of music coming to Viva Vegas to start the festive season.

Nick Knowles and Laurence Llwelyn-Bowen from DIY SOS with the young carers

What a difference a year makes...

One year ago the DIY SOS changed the lives of Blackpool carers beyond their wildest dreams. Today, JACQUI MORLEY takes a look at the lasting legacy of Children in Need in the resort

Gemma Atkinson and her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec

Stars of Strictly Come Dancing arrive at Blackpool's iconic Tower Ballroom

Stars of Strictly Come Dancing are deep in rehearsals in Blackpool's iconic Tower Ballroom ahead of tomorrow night's spectacular.
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Gemma Atkinson with  her Strictly 2017 dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec

Gemma’s hoping for a little extra support on ‘home turf’

They’re the golden ticket on the Golden Mile this weekend - tickets to Strictly Come Dancing at Blackpool Tower Ballroom are year after year like gold dust.
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