Carry on Dick for BGT star

Graham Blackledge with hosts Ant and Dec on Britain's Got Talent
Graham Blackledge with hosts Ant and Dec on Britain's Got Talent
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A star of Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) has teamed up with a local theatrical groupto create a new musical panto.

BGT 2012 semi-finalist Graham Blackledge is the Musical Director of Dick Whittington, which opens tonight at Hoghton Village Hall.

Music shop manager Graham wowed TV viewers with his blend of virtuoso organ playing and wacky humour.

Prestonian Graham survived Simon Cowell’s description of his act as “horrendous” to win the support of audiences in the studio and at home and go from strength to strength on the show, right.

Graham has now teamed up with Hoghton Pantomime Society, which has earned a reputation for producing top class pantos this past 15 years.

The show is written and directed by Malcolm Clay.

He said: “We’re delighted Graham has joined us. His consummate musicianship and fantastic sense of humour make him a natural for pantomime.”

Graham said “Pantomime is a new venture for me, and the combination of good, popular music alongside comedy appeals enormously.

“I’d forgotten how much fun panto can be.”

Dick Whittington is Hoghton Village Hall, Hoghton, PR5 OSG on Jan 17 (eve), 18 (mat & eve), 19 (mat) 24 (eve), 25 (mat & eve,and 26 (mat). Evenings 7.30pm, matinees 2pm

Tickets: Adults £8, children & concessions £6. Call 01254 852258.