Blackpool Illuminations 2021 have officially been switched on, with Shirley Ballas flipping the famous switch on 3 September as part of a special indoor ceremony staged in the Tower Ballroom.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge performed the historic role before a specially-invited audience of 1,500, with the iconic seafront lighting display now set to remain illuminated until January 2022.
“This year, perhaps more than any other year, switching on Blackpool’s Illuminations marks an important moment of brightness as the country moves into autumn and winter,” said Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, creative curator of the Illuminations.
“Turning the Lights on has always inspired an optimism and positivity of which Blackpool is understandably proud.”
Similar to last year’s event, the light-up ceremony was held indoors in order to prevent crowding on the town’s seafront, with VisitBlackpool and MTV live-streaming performances from KSI, Ella Henderson, The Wombats, and Wes Nelson.
“Although last year’s extension was disrupted by tier restrictions and a second lockdown, all of the evidence showed that there was a huge appetite for the public to visit the Illuminations in a safe and enjoyable way,” said council tourism member Gillian Campbell.
“We know from all of the positive feedback that we received that, amid so much gloom, the Illuminations provided a much-needed tonic to so many people.”