Strictly bosses ‘impose ban on stars going out in Blackpool for own safety’

The stars of Strictly Come Dancing have reportedly been banned from partying in Blackpool this weekend, due to fears about their personal safety.

After a number of undesirable incidents in recent years, Strictly bosses have decided to have a private party in the hotel, in a bid from stopping the dancers and their celebrity partners from straying into the seaside town.

The Sun has reported that more security has been drafted in and that all those involved with the show have been told to 'stay behind closed doors'.

There have been a number of unsavoury incidents in recent years, with dance pro Gorka Marquez losing two teeth in an attack.

A Strictly source has told The Sun that this time, cast and crew have been briefed about the potential problems of venturing out during the high profile weeked.

They said: “There have been a couple of issues in the past, so bosses have decided to act and banned the stars from hitting the town after the show.

“To soften the blow, they’ve agreed to throw a bash at the hotel where they are all staying. It’s safer and means they can be properly looked after at all times and enjoy the night without concerns.

“They’ve brought in additional security to ensure there are no problems while the show is away from its usual home at the studios in Elstree.”

The annual trip to Blackpool's Tower Ballroom is always one of the highlights of the series and is a benchmark as to how well a celebrity is taking to dancing, if they manage to make the line-up for the weekend.

The "random and unprovoked" attack of Gorka in 2016 has left lasting wounds on the minds of the Strictly bosses, who want to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the show.

At the time, Gorka was heading to a nightclub with some of his fellow dancers, when they were set upon by a group of thugs.

A source told The Sun at the time: "All of a sudden this group of local louts came out of nowhere. One of them punched Gorka in the face."

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