Strictly champions carry torch

The Olympic Torch will reach Blackpool Tower's iconic ballroom from Kendal on Friday

The Olympic Torch will reach Blackpool Tower's iconic ballroom from Kendal on Friday

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Strictly Come Dancing champions Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani will strut into Blackpool Tower's iconic ballroom with the Olympic Torch on Friday.

Harry, the drummer in boyband McFly, and professional dancer Aliona will be the final torchbearers on the flame's 60-mile route from Kendal Castle, Cumbria.

The pair will then carry it from the tower to an evening celebration at the newly-built open air venue the Tower Festival Headland.

They will be the last of 139 torchbearers on a route that takes in swathes of the North West coast, including Fleetwood and Morecambe and the historic city of Lancaster.

Local judo club organiser Michael Liptrot, 49, from Kendal, will kick the relay off, covering the first leg from the town's castle at 8am.

Also taking part will be Victoria Brier, 54, of Heysham, Lancs, who will carry the flame to the Eric Morecambe statue on Morecambe seafront. Victoria was nominated after caring for her terminally ill father.

Peter Cunningham, 70, of Southport, who will take it on a Blackpool tram, was selected for his selfless work with the homeless, while Sue Henry, 53, chosen for organising sports programmes to make NHS staff healthier, will carry it up Blackpool Tower just after 6.30pm.


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