The nights are drawing in and most seaside towns are planning to close down, but Blackpool is readying itself for the second influx of visitors to the world famous Blackpool Illuminations 2010.
The illuminations run down the entire length of Blackpool for almost 6 miles along the Blackpool seafront. In 2010 they are due to be turned on from the 3rd September – 7th November. The timing of the lights varies depending on the month, but is usually from around 9pm to 11pm in September, through to 5pm to 11pm in November.
Naturally both the overhead lights will be on, Blackpool Tower will be fully lit and the trams will be covered in lights making this one of the most spectacular light shows in the world and an absolute must-see for families!
Who will switch on the Blackpool lights in 2010? That’s still a closely guarded secret, but it is pretty likely to be a major celebrity such as Alan ‘Chatty Man’ Carr who switched on the lights in 2009. It is known however that along with the grand switch on, there will be a huge free concert on the Friday afternoon from approximately 6pm leading up to the main switch, with many major stars performing.
No run down of the illuminations would be complete without some facts:
- Visitors to Blackpool will spend more than an estimated £275 million during the illuminations.
- The cable for the lights stretches over 200 miles (approximately Blackpool to Bristol laid end to end).
- The equipment involved weighs more than 350 Blackpool Trams.
- The electricity consumption is around 960,000 units or approximately 500,000 x 10p’s for the meter!