Blackpool traders have expressed annoyance at the BBC after their advert for this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing special featured just a chip shop and bingo hall. Last night the celebrities made their way north to the seaside town to perform in the yearly special held at famous the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
But local business owners aren't happy at the way the BBC promoted the extravaganza. One hotel owner told the Daily Star: "We’ve got the zoo, the Pleasure Beach, the Tower Circus and the whole resort is about fun for people of all ages. From two to 92, there is something for everyone.
“The BBC should be showing all the things that have come to fruition here. It’s taken years but Blackpool is really taking off again."
Another added: “The BBC has just shown stereotypes when there is so much more to offer in the resort."
A bar owner joked: “We’ve got the Pleasure Beach, which had The Big One before Anton du Beke began dragging Ann Widdecombe round the Tower Ballroom."
He added: “At least she’ll buff the dance floor up well for the regular users."
A BBC insider told the newspaper: : “Blackpool is the mecca of ballroom so it is a real honour for all the dancers and celebrities to be competing here.
“We’ve had a really warm welcome again this year and we are all thrilled to be here."
The Strictly stars find out their fate in tonight's results show from 7:30PM on BBC One.