Pass North Pier and watch history being played out on the brand new digital screen outside. Their story and our story.
It’s there to promote the attraction’s 150 year long history – ahead of the official commemorative date May 21. As signs of the times go it tells its own story from the heyday of holidaymakers thronging in their thousands through to the present day.
But what does this season hold for the historic venue under the ownership of the Sedgwick family?
Variety looks like proving the spice of Saturday life from July 27 to August 31. You can enjoy comedy, song, dance, puppetry, magic and a tank or two of gooey gunge thrown in for good measure with two variety shows: The Ultimate Kids Variety Show (2pm) and The Variety Show (at 7.30pm). The resident guest list for the Saturday evening summer time sensation includes Dave Benson Phillips, best known from his hit TV series Get Your Own Back (careful though… he’s bringing his gunge tank with him); along with Britain’s Got Talent comedy impressionist Drew Cameron, TV funnyman and Mr Musicals Neil Hurst, crazy comedy juggler Tom Rolfe, vocalist John Andrew, soul sensation Sammy Small, magic illusion and comedy from Mark Daniel, vocalist Rochelle, Blackpool’s own comedy vocalist Laura Catlow and compere Dean Keating.
Tickets are £14.50 for adults, £12.50 concessions, children £10 – the first child free with two full paying adults. The matinee features magic, comedy, balloon modelling, prizes, puppetry and more with Dean again hosting the show, gunge tank Dave and friend back in action along with Magic Mark, the UV Puppets and the Centre Stage Academy Dancers. Tickets £10 all seats, family discounts available.
Marketing executive Stephen Mercer added: “The emphasis is on family fun. We want to introduce children and young people to variety.”
The new shows join a summer line-up including The Rat Pack is Back, Jukebox & Bobbysox, Wizard of Oz and the Ragdolls’ tribute to the Jersey Boys.