List of people who have switched on the Blackpool Illuminations
The Blackpool Illuminations is an annual lights festival, founded in 1879 and held each autumn in the English seaside resort of Blackpool on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. In 1934 the town began a tradition of marking the start of the festival by inviting a public figure to perform the inaugural switch on of the lights. For the first public switch on ceremony, the honour was performed by Lord Derby. In subsequent years invitees have predominantly been drawn from the world of entertainment with occasional appearances by sportspeople and political figures. The illuminations have also been turned on by a bomber aircraft and a racehorse.
The 2019 switch-on was performed by actress Lucy Fallon.
List of switchers onEdit
- "Switch On Celebrities". Blackpool Tourism. Retrieved 2 December 2007.
- "Geri Halliwell to switch on Blackpool Illuminations (From The Bolton News)". Theboltonnews.co.uk. 27 August 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "UK | England | Lancashire | Blackpool marks 126th light year". BBC News. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "UK | England | Lancashire | Dale Winton to light up Blackpool". BBC News. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "UK | England | Lancashire | Dr Who switches on illuminations". BBC News. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Top Gear duo turn on illuminations". Express.co.uk. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "UK | England | Lancashire | Comic turns on Blackpool lights". BBC News. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "BBC News - Robbie Williams switches on Blackpool illuminations". bbc.co.uk. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "BBC News - Thousands see Keith Lemon switch on Blackpool illuminations". bbc.co.uk. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "BBC News - Blackpool Illuminations switched on by Olympic medallists". bbc.co.uk. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Gary Barlow plays at Blackpool Illuminations gig". BBC News. 30 August 2013.
- "Peter Kay to switch on Blackpool Illuminations". BBC News. 18 July 2013.