Blackpool Illuminations are returning very soon

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If it didn’t already feel like the end of summer for you, then the news that Blackpool Illuminations are set to go on very soon will confirm the news.

The town’s promenade will once again shine bright, as over one million bulbs are lit up, covering six miles of the seafront.

Blackpool’s famous illuminations have been going since 1879, and now welcome four million people to the seaside town to see them every year.

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They’ll be on display for 66 nights, starting from this weekend -  that’s right, the big day is officially tomorrow, Friday August 30th.

The event, dubbed 'the greatest free light show on earth', will kick off tomorrow at 4pm, with the big switch on happening at a special live event at Tower Headland.

Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon, who originally comes from Blackpool, will pull the switch in front of 20,000 people to kick start 2019’s illuminations, with the event finishing at 10.30pm.

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As the nights begin to draw in, the illuminations will start to come on earlier, and when the clocks go back an hour at the end of BST - Sunday October 27th, this year - they’ll be turned on at 5pm.

It’s always a sad day when the illuminations come to an end, and that sad day will be on Sunday November 3rd at 11pm this year.

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