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Blackpool Grand Finals 2018

Blackpool Grand Finals 2018

22 February 2019

A short report by Bruce Lai

Nick Miles quoteI have been attending the ISTD Grand Finals since I was a boy. Back then it was held at the Hammersmith Palais and the compère was the late great Sydney Frances. For the last 18 years it has been run in Blackpool, and Nicky Miles and his band of willing helpers have been in control. It has grown in stature and is such a huge, popular event that people from all over the world come to compete. The standard seems to grow each year and the technical ability of the competitors is breathtaking. This year, as every year my students were really focused, practiced and ready for their competition, hoping to take home a sash and the prestigious title of grand finals champion. There were some joyful successes and some sad disappointments but on a whole the weekend was filled with excitement, drama and that feeling that only the fabulous Winter Gardens can provide.

Bruce Lai


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