A centenary celebration brimming with local talent was enjoyed by hundreds at King George’s Hall.

The event was held on Thursday evening, the venue's 100th anniversary with comedy, singing and dancing filling the stage.

Around 300 people attended including the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen, Derek and Colette Hardman, and the Dean of Blackburn Peter Howell-Jones.

Mayor Cllr Hardman said: “It’s great because it has only just re-opened and we have got a celebration.

“All of this is fantastic. They have come back with a bang.”

While Rev Howell-Jones added: “It was a real privilege to attend and the hall looked so wonderful.

“It is being used in such creative ways and it’s wonderful to see it in a new decor to remind us of how it would have looked 100 years ago.”

The event was hosted by BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans, with X Factor runner-up Grace Davies, local comedian Tez Ilyas and the Lancashire Dance Academy all taking to the stage as some of the best local talent Blackburn has to offer.

People took to the dance floor for Supercharged who provided live music from some of the artists who have appeared at the hall over the decades before a DJ took over to finish off the evening.

The hall's programmer and operations co-ordinator, Darren James, took to the stage to discuss the rich history of the venue before premiering a video showing the development of the hall through the century.

Darren said: “It was really successful - we were having to push people out the door at the end of the night.

“The staff worked so hard to get it up and running with the red carpet and the decorations.

“When people walked in, they were saying ‘wow’ and loved seeing the hall dressed up instead of how it looks for a standing gig.

“Owain was fantastic to work with and I have never heard Grace sing so well.

“It was so important to us to have local talent at the hall on such an important occasion.”