Travel: Hot Ice Show shows Blackpool still has the power to surprise and entertain
Blackpool dominates when it comes to family entertainment writes Susan Lee
THE British weather seldom gives us much to laugh about, especially this summer, yet there we were in Blackpool standing with scores of strangers on the promenade in the middle of the day doubled up with laughter.
The cause? The seaside town's new 'comedy carpet', a huge piece of public art which celebrates the catchphrases, jokes and songs – all cast in black and red granite – of more than 800 of Britain's best loved comedians.
It was very funny and strangely touching.
And on a rather grey afternoon in July an entirely unexpected pleasure.
But then that's Blackpool for you. You think you know the old girl inside out and yet she still has the power to surprise.
Take the Hot Ice Show at the Pleasure Beach Arena.
In one form or another the show has been going for seven decades and you might think that after all that time there would be nothing new to bring to the party.
How wrong you would be.
This was world class ice skating combined with high drama, fabulous music, jaw dropping athletics and an enormous dose of Las Vegas style glamour.
The 30-strong team of dancers – which includes Dancing on Ice Star Katie Stainsby, UK gold medalist David Walsingham and Australian champion Trent Nelson-Bond - perform alone, in pairs and as a group and if the beautifully complex routines don’t make you dizzy the number of costume changes will.
Fast, furious and utterly compelling it was at times hard to know where to look there was so much going on inside the rink and in terms of quality family entertainment it would be hard to beat.