After plans to extend last year’s Blackpool Illuminations were cut short by the second lockdown, Blackpool Council has confirmed this year’s event will run for an additional two months.
The iconic light show will illuminate the seafront from 3 September 2021 until 3 January 2022, providing a much needed boost to the town’s beleaguered hospitality sector, and a “tonic” for residents and visitors.
“Although last year’s extension was disrupted by tier restrictions and a second lockdown, all of the evidence showed there was a huge appetite for the public to visit the illuminations in a safe and enjoyable way,” said council cabinet member for tourism and culture Gillian Campbell.
“We know from all the positive feedback we received that, amid so much gloom, the illuminations provided a much needed tonic to so many people.”
Last year’s illuminations, switched on by Covid “heroes” in a virtual ceremony for the first time in 70 years, were switched off by the council on 4 November, in order to discourage visitation to the town during the national lockdown.