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Blackpool Gazette Talent final

The final was held at the Pavilion Theatre in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Sunday 28th November 2010. Fifteen under 16s took part with most of the contestants singing, there were two dance acts and Thomas Senior for Blackpool Circus School with his very popular bounce juggling routine.

The first two places were taken by girl singers, the winner was superb and will be a big name one day. Thomas came third which was very commendable considering that the judges were, The Blackpool beauty queen, a former musical show singer, the marketing manageress from Dominos pizzas and Robin Dukes the entertainment editor of the Gazette. A very experienced writer and critic who has judged many contests and can discern a good act from a bad one.

National Youth Circus Event at the Tower

Thirteen youth Circus groups from all parts of the UK met in Blackpool from the 19th to the 21st February. This follows on the YPPT event that took place in London at The Circus Space at the same time in 2009. NYCE (National Youth Circus event) will take place in 2011 in Sheffield and will be hosted by Swamp Circus trust and Greentop.

This year’s event was hosted by “Blackpool Circus School” and coincided with “Showzam” in which the Circus School played a major part in Daily workshops at the Winter Gardens. Other attractions at Olympia featured Archive side shows presented by Professor Vanessa Toulmin from the Fairground archives in Sheffield.

The youth groups present were from The Circus space, Albert & Friends, Circus project, No fit State, Organised Kaos, Emerge, Engage, Rotherham Youth Circus, Let’s Circus, Euphoric Circus, Sheffield Youth Circus, and Wookie Hole Circus. They met on the Friday at “The New President Hotel” for a games exchange led by Albert Owen and a performance workshop led by Felicity Fernando. Groups also told each other of their Circus projects along with DVD footage.

Circus groups meet in the Tower Ballroom