Blackpool's annual Switch-On Festival has been a huge success, to herald the start of another illuminating autumn for the resort. With coverage from Rock FM, stars including Little Mix, Pixie Lott and George Ezra added their sound to the start of the Illuminations, which have been delighting guests since 1879.
Flicking the magic switch itself was none other than Britain's favourite comedian Peter Kay. "Blackpool is a huge part of my life," he told Rock FM. Having performed his first ever stand up show in the town as well as recording "Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere" and his "Live at the Top of the Tower" DVD in the town it's a long running nostalgia for Kay. "I'm absolutely made up about the whole thing," he said, describing it as "a massive deal for me."
A grand opening ceremony indeed then, but the good news for later arrivals is that the Blackpool Illuminations are not going anywhere for quite a while (in fact you can catch them every night all the way up to Sunday 9th November). What better way to light up an evening, or indeed a short stay with us? Besides the bright lights, you'll find tons to see and do in the town. Do also keep an eye on our deals section for some amazing offers.
The Illuminations are the perfect reflection on Blackpool's good times spirit and enduring appeal we think. But while famous stars might be the first name on everyone's lips as the town is lit up, we also have a small army of hard working experts to thank for giving us the pleasure of the display. And on that note, here are some facts on our world famous display that you might find... well, enlightening?
-45 staff deadicated staff work year round to make sure everything runs to plan, putting in a staggering 65 000 hours!
-Blackpool's Illuminations draw in between three and four million visitors every year.
-The original display in 1879 had just eight lamps. It was only twelve months later that Thomas Edison patented the light bulb.
- One million individual lamps span six miles, using £50 000 worth of electricity. Be glad you don't pay the 'leccy bill!