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Strictly Come Dancing: Behind the scenes in Blackpool

There’s a fibreglass donkey in the corridor, and someone’s moving a glittery model tram across Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom. Paralympian Jonnie Peacock is eating chips in the canteen with Mollie King from The Saturdays, and Holby City’s Joe McFadden is looking for the physio in the rabbit warren that is the ballroom’s backstage area (he’ll eventually find him in a repurposed toilet cubicle). Meanwhile – past host Claudia Winkleman’s dressing room and the row of clothes for the four judges – there is the thrum of sewing machines coming from the…

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Ben Toner replaced as referee for Blackpool game but EFL deny it's due to his name

Ben Toner Saturday, November 11, 2017 Referee Ben Toner is no longer refereeing Blackpool’s Sky Bet League One clash with Portsmouth on Saturday due to the game being under “increased attention”. The match is the Seasiders’ first since their majority owner the Oyston family were found guilty of “unfair prejudice” in their running of the club and were ordered to pay businessman Valeri Belokon, a minority shareholder, £31million. The match official’s name became the subject of a social media joke amongst fans, but the EFL says that has nothing to…

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Blackpool 'gas explosion': Three people injured

Three people are in hospital following a suspected gas explosion at a Blackpool guest house. Fire crews and paramedics rescued two people who were trapped in the Charles Street building after the blast shortly before 18.00 BST. Lancashire Police said a number of people were also treated at the scene and advised people to avoid the area. The conditions of the injured is not yet known. Evacuation Residents of Charles Street and Milbourne Street, which runs parallel to it, have been evacuated by police. A safety cordon has been set…

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