Same, same but different... on the dancefloor

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The very definition of an event with a difference returns to Blackpool next weekend.

The international Same-Sex Ballroom Championships, launched in the resort last year, is back for what looks likes becoming an annual event.

It is hosted by the Sugar Dandies – who found fame on Britain’s Got Talent – and takes place at the Winter Gardens’ Spanish Hall.

Last year’s event attracted competitors from all four corners of the globe and seems set to do the same this time around, with dancers from Russia, South Africa and Australia.

To buy tickets (priced £18.50) or for more information go to

* Michael Innes, trombonist for Tony Bennett and Shirley Bassey, is part of a highly-regarded swing band heading to Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion on Sunday, October 27.

The Five Star Big Band promise songs by the likes of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. They have performed at many events, including Dame 
Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball.

Tickets are £17 (concessions £15) and available from or (01253) 794 221.