Blackpool Illuminations
2nd September - 6th November 2016


llumination Facts
• The Illuminations will attract about 3.5 million visitors
• The Illuminations cost £2.4 million and the equipment is worth £10 million
• The display runs for six miles from Bispham to Starr Gate
• One million lamps and 1,500 poles are used in the display
• Many of the displays now work with low voltage bulbs
• They will shine for over 60 nights.
• During the Illuminations you will see specially-decorated trams running
• Some of the Illuminations have been designed by TV's Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

 

Illumination Videos
• Blackpool Illuminations 1986
• Blackpool Christmas Lights 1960's

 

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Some of the Illumination displays

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool lights 2012

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People who have switched on the Illuminations

1934 Lord Derby
1935 Audrey Mossom (Railway Queen of Great Britain)
1936 Sir Josiah Stamp
1937 Prince George, Duke of Kent
1938 Councilor Mrs Quayle
1939-1948 Canceled in 1939 due to outbreak of World War II
1949 Anna Neagle
1950 Wilfred Pickles
1951 Stanley Matthews
1952 Valerie Hobson
1953 George Formby
1954 Gilbert Harding
1955 Jacob Malik (Soviet Ambassador)
1956 Reginald Dixon
1957 John H. Whitney (American Ambassador)
1958 AE "Matty" Matthews
1959 Jayne Mansfield
1960 Janet Munro
1961 Violet Carson
1962 Shirley Anne Field
1963 Cliff Michelmore
1964 Gracie Fields
1965 David Tomlinson
1966 Ken Dodd
1967 Horace King
1968 Matt Busby
1969 Canberra Bomber
1970 Tony Blackburn
1971 The cast of Dad's Army
1972 Danny La Rue
1973 Gordon Banks
1974 Wendy Craig
1975 Cast of Doctor Who: Tom Baker (in costume as The Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen and Ian Marter
1976 Carol Jean Grant (Miss United Kingdom)
1977 Red Rum
1978 Terry Wogan
1979 Kermit the Frog and The Muppets
1980 Cannon and Ball (Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball)
1981 Earl & Countess Spencer
1982 Rear Admiral Sandy Woodward
1983 Cast of Coronation Street, switched on by Doris Speed
1984 Johannes Rau (Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia) and David Waddington,(Minister of State, the Home Office)
1985 Joanna Lumley, BBC Children in Need, and Audrey Mossom (50 year anniversary)
1986 Les Dawson
1987 Frank Bough, Anne Gregg and Kathy Tayler all from the BBC Holiday programme
1988 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman
1989 Frank Bruno
1990 Julie Goodyear and Roy Barraclough
1991 Derek Jameson and Judith Chalmers
1992 Lisa Stansfield
1993 Status Quo & Radio 1
1994 Shirley Bassey
1995 Bee Gees & Radio 1
1996 Eternal & Radio 1
1997 Michael Ball & Radio 2
1998 Chris de Burgh & Radio 2
1999 Gary Barlow & Radio 2
2000 Westlife & Radio 2
2001 Steps & Radio 2
2002 Ronan Keating & Radio 2
2003 Blue & Radio 2
2004 Geri Halliwell & Radio 2
2005 Chris Evans & Radio 2
2006 Dale Winton & Radio 2
2007 David Tennant & Radio 2
2008 The Stig. Also present were Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond from Top Gear (James May did not make it in time and The Stig turned them on because Clarkson and Hammond were arguing about who should turn them on)[11] & Radio 2
2009 Alan Carr & Radio 2
2010 Robbie Williams & Real Radio and Smooth Radio
2011 Keith Lemon with Real and Smooth Radio
2012 Team GB - Gymnast Beth Tweddle(Bronze Medal), Greg Rutherford (Gold Medal at long jump), Karina Bryant (Bronze Medal at Judo), Sophie Hosking (Gold Medal double sculls), Steven Burke ( Cycling gold medal in the Team Pursuit) and Max Whitlock (Britain´s gymnastics team Bronze Medal)
2013 Jonathan Ross with Gary Barlow appearing as the headline act
2014 Peter Kay
2015 Tim Burton

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Coming soon

SLIMEFEST 2016

ARMED FORCES WEEK - 20-26 June 2016

BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS SWITCH-ON 2016
Starts Friday 2 September

*All information correct at time of publishing 2016

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