'It was a bad experience but I'm feeling better': Strictly pro Gorka Marquez breaks silence after Blackpool attack to thank fans for their support
- Strictly professional dancer Gorka Marquez was beaten up by a group of youths, who broke two of his teeth, hours after Blackpool show
- Dancer has taken to Twitter to confirm he is 'feeling better' and is expected to be back in training this week
- The incident was not reported to the authorities, but Lancashire Police have made contact with the BBC
Strictly Come Dancing's Gorka Márquez has confirmed he is 'feeling better' after being attacked in Blackpool.
The 26-year-old professional dancer took to Twitter on Monday to thank fans for being so supportive, after it emerged he had two teeth knocked out by a group of yobs on Saturday night.
He wrote on the social media site: 'Thanks for all your kind messages about Blackpool. It was a bad experience but I'm feeling better and just want to look forward to the show on Saturday!'
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Road to recovery: Gorka Marquez, who partnered Tameka Empson's on this year's Strictly, took to Twitter to confirm he was 'feeling better' on Monday after being attacked in Blackpool
His reassuring message comes after a source revealed he had been left 'shaken' by the 'entirely random and shocking' incident, which occurred on his way to a post-show night out with co-stars Neil Jones and Aljaz Skorjanec.
The source said to The Sun: 'Gorka and a few of the other dancers were heading to a nightclub to let their hair down after another brilliant show. All of a sudden this group of local louts came out of nowhere.
'One of them punched Gorka in the face and broke two of his teeth. Gorka was sober, he doesn't drink.
Pictured: Gorka made his first appearance since the terrifying ordeal at the hands of a group of youths when he left Blackpool on Sunday
'This was an entirely random and shocking attack on a group of friends simply trying to enjoy a night out. He wasn't angry, he was just more shaken by the event. They went straight back to the hotel to see if he needed urgent medical care before going back to London for dental surgery.'
Gorka is expected to return to training this week ready for the show next weekend.
On Sunday morning, the 26-year-old professional dancer made his first appearance since the terrifying ordeal as he left Blackpool for home.
The BBC star appeared understandably downcast as he left his hotel alongside his fellow pro dancers, wrapped up in a navy jacket and tartan scarf as he was flanked by towering security.
Tired: Opting to take a step back from the high jinx, he folded his arms as he watched his pals playfully hug and smile (pictured with Giovanni Pernice far left, and Janette Manrara on the far right)
A spokesman for the broadcaster said: 'Gorka was sadly the victim of an unprovoked incident in Blackpool on Saturday night, but he will be back in training this week and is looking forward to the group routine next weekend.'
While the incident was not reported to Lancashire Police, the force has made contact with the BBC to establish more details.
A police spokesman said: 'We are aware that reports of this incident are in the media today.
'This matter has not been reported to the police but we have made contact with the BBC this morning to try and establish details of the incident which would allow us to investigate further.'
Smirking: Gorka smirked as he watched fellow dancer Janette Manrara be lifted into the air
Despite his injuries from the incident, the dancer admirably made time to sign autographs for awaiting fans as he left his lodgings momentarily.
Appearing still shaken, he kept an expressionless look with his mouth firmly shut while greeting loyal followers of the show.
After his brief meet and greet, Gorka looked grey in palour as he stood outside his hotel waiting for his transport back to London whilst surrounded by his Strictly cast.
Opting to take a step back from the high jinx, he folded his arms as he watched his pals playfully hug and smile.
Feeling blue: Gorka's appearance looked in contrast to his beaming performance at the Tower Ballroom on Saturday night
Scene: The 26-year-old performer had been heading to the Flamingo nightclub in Blackpool (pictured) with co-stars Neil Jones and Aljaz Skorjanec when he was attacked
Looking tired from his eventful night, Gorka attempted to go incognito while standing with the rest of his fellow pro dancers, wearing a maroon beanie that covered his dark coiff.
His downtrodden appearance comes after he was beaten up by a group of youths who broke two of his teeth.
The Spanish talent was heading to the Flamingo nightclub in the Northern seaside town with co-stars Aljaz Skorjanec and Neil Jones when the 'random' attack took place.
According to The Sun, the yobs 'broke two of his teeth' with their punches - resulting in the Spanish hunk having to schedule emergency dental surgery.
Shaken: Appearing still shaken, he kept an expressionless look with his mouth firmly shut
Incognito: Gorka attempted to go incognito while standing with the rest of his fellow pro dancers, wearing a maroon beanie that covered his dark coiff
Millionaire boss of the In The Pink leisure group Basil Newby which owns the Flamingo on the restort's Queen Street said: 'I don't know where he is coming from.'
'I was at the Flamingo until the last of our guests left at 6 am on Sunday morning. This place is littered with CCTV cameras inside and outside and we have not seen a thing.'
'The bar staff have not reported anything and more importantly the door staff have not reported any incidents.'
Watching on: The dancer looked on as he watched Janette hug her fellow pro
Relaxed: Giovanni Pernice looked on smiling at the two having a moment
Patient: Gorka patiently waited for his transport to come
Lancashire Police confirmed they have not had any official complaint of assault from Marquez.
Mr Newby added :'Last year we hosted the Strictly after show party. This year we didn't . We did have some of the crew in the club and they had a good time.'
'Maybe Mr Marquez was a little disorientated on Saturday. We have had no contact from the police or the BBC,' added Mr Newby who was made an MBE for services to tourism. 'Why he should link this alleged attack to The Flamingo is a mystery.'
All smiles: The pro Gorka (pictured with his girlfriend Lauren Sheridan in Blackpool on the weekend) was beaten up by a group of youths
One regular at the Flamingo said: 'It is massive club and very gay and lesbian friendly. It certainly has not got a reputation for being rough. If something happened between The Tower and the Flamingo it will be on camera.'
Gorka was partnered with EastEnders star Tameka Empson, 39, on the show but the duo were eliminated after the third week.
But despite being voted off, the dancer still appears in the routines which involve the other professionals on the hit BBC show.
Just hours before the attack, he was dancing with fellow professional Janette Manrara, 33, in a routine to a song by Rick Astley, as well as in the opening group dance.
Not a worry: Just hours before the attack, he was dancing on the hit television show to a Rick Astley song
Celebration: He performed on the show on Saturday night and then went into Blackpool town centre to celebrate
In high spirits: Louise Redknapp beamed after her triumphant Paso in Blackpool with hubby Jamie Redknapp
Hats off! Louise's dance partner left the hotel in a grey wool jumper and pork pie hat
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