Strictly stars past and present let loose in Blackpool after show with wild night out

Loved up Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez have put on cute display of affection as they joined the party after the Strictly ‘s Blackpool extravganza on Saturday night.

The pair were in great spirits after Gorka’s incredible performance with celeb partner Helen Skelton with a rock inspired quickstep.

This weekend saw the first return to Blackpool for Strictly since before the pandemic and the stars were determined to make up for lost time.

After the BBC show aired, dancers and celebs as well as presenters and famous faces from the audience were seen getting into the Blackpool spirit.

Hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly were seen posing for the camera, as well as 2021 contestant John Whaite alongside pals Steph McGovern and Rylan Clarke.

Other Strictly stars spotted getting some downtime include head judge Shirley Ballas, who looked a world away from her glamorous get up from Saturday’s show. In snaps after the Blackpool dances had finished, a wrapped up Shirley was seen picking up a Nandos wearing her taupe coat with a scarf covering her hair.

Whilst some Strictly faces might have been winding down, many were using it as a chance to let their hair down including Gorka Marquez and fiancé Gemma Atkinson.

In Instagram stories, loved up Gemma and Gorka shared cute snaps alongside former Strictly professionals Aljaz Skorjanec and wife Janette Manrara as well as Giovanni Pernice.

In one snap, Gorka labelled ‘fam’ the couple can be seen grinning alongside Strictly co-stars. And in another Gemma is cosying up to the camera with Gorka kissing her cheek as Gemma beams for the camera.

The loved up display comes after dancer Gorka paid tribute to Gemma on her 38th birthday with a series of snaps from their relationship. In the sweet montage, Gorka wrote: “Happy birthday to the nicer, funnier, prettier & sexier in our relationship.”

The snaps varied from cute family snaps to candid shots of everyday life, including ice creams at the beach.

The pair began dating after meeting in the 2017 series of Strictly. In 2019 they welcomed daughter Mia and in 2020 they got engaged.

Last month the pair revealed they plan to marry in a low-key affair. Gemma revealed the pair have even considered exchanging vows in a register office due to the pair wanting a ‘really small and really intimate’ ceremony.

Gemma told OK! magazine : “There have been a few times now where we’ve driven past a registry office and said, ‘Shall we just go in and do it? Yeah, let’s do it!’”

“We’ve not planned anything other than we know we want it really small and really intimate. We’ve agreed on just close family, a handful of friends, and a big party a week or so after. It’s just finding the time really. We’ve had lots of people saying, ‘You clearly don’t want to get married if you haven’t done it yet!’.

“But I think it’s because we’re so happy with how it is.”