It has been confirmed that the lights at Blackpool Illuminations will be switched off at midnight tonight (Wednesday) ahead of the national lockdown in England.
Visit Blackpool and Illuminations bosses said it was “with regret” that the world’s biggest light festival would be suspended until further notice, but visitors will still be welcome to come and enjoy 2020’s display right until the very last minute.
The Blackpool Tower – which has become a symbol of hope and optimism throughout the pandemic – will however remain lit.
Giving an insight into when the lights will once again return, a spokesperson said: “Subject to lockdown restrictions being eased sufficiently at the start of December, the Illuminations will be switched on again and run through Christmas and New Year to January 3, 2021.”
Cllr Gillian Campbell – Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture at Blackpool Council – said: “It is hugely disappointing to have to turn off the Illuminations but given the restrictions due to come in place on Thursday there is no real alternative.
“The primary purpose of the national lockdown is to get infection rates down and we cannot be seen to do anything that jeopardises that objective.
“It was always our intention to extend the lights season into the New Year,
“And if there is any way in which we can switch the lights back on during December in a safe and secure way we will endeavour to do so.”