Blackpool Illuminations 2017

Blackpool Illuminations 2017

It’s that time of year when it seems like at least half of the people of Stoke-on-Trent make an annual pilgrimage to visit Blackpool Illuminations, one of the most popular annual events in the UK.

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Here’s a short guide of general information about them.

When are they being switched on?

The official switch on ceremony is at 9pm on Friday 1st. September but that may not be the first time they are seen as testing takes place in the week leading up to the switch on.

Who’s switching them on?

There has been a change this year and a move away from the traditional “Star” to press the button. There will be a  Star Trek  themed ceremony to get the illuminations lit, with promises of it being innovative, unique and memorable.

Will there be a switch on party?

Yes, there’s an event that starts at 4.30pm, gates open at 4pm – The good news is that it’s FREE, the bad news is that around 100,000 people applied for wristbands and there are non available. It is due to finish at around 10pm

MTV are hosting the party with timings and line up being subject to change below:-

    4.30pm: Blackpool Introduces talent showcase
    5.30pm: MTV Base Garage Anthems
    6.30pm: R3Wire & Varski
    7.15pm: Louisa Johnson
    8pm: Conor Maynard
    8.30pm: Diversity
    9pm: Star Trek LIGHTS SWITCH ON
    9.10pm: Example and DJ Wire


When are they on until?

The lights are on every night from September 1st to November 5th. 2017

Who’s switched the lights on in the past?

Stars have included:-

(can you spot at least three that were born in Stoke-on-Trent?)

2016 Barbara Windsor
2015 Tim Burton
2014 Peter Kay
2013 Jonathan Ross
2012 Olympic medal winners – Beth Tweddle, Karina Bryant, Luke Campbell, Sophie Hosking, Max Whitlock, Steven Burke & Smooth/Real Radio
2011 Keith Lemon & Smooth/Real Radio
2010 Robbie Williams & Smooth/Real Radio
2009 Alan Carr & Radio Two
2008 BBC Top Gear Team & Radio Two
2007 BBC Dr Who – David Tennant & Radio Two
2006 Dale Winton & Radio Two
2005 Chris Evans & Radio Two
2004 Geri Halliwell & Radio Two
2003 Blue & Radio Two
2002 Ronan Keating & Radio Two
2001 Steps & Radio Two
2000 Westlife & Radio Two
1999 Gary Barlow & Radio Two
1998 Chris De Burgh & Radio Two
1997 Michael Ball & Radio Two
1996 Eternal & Radio One
1995 Bee Gees & Radio One
1994 Shirley Bassey
1993 Status Quo & Radio One
1992 Lisa Stansfield
1991 Derek Jameson and Judith Chalmers
1990 Bet & Alec Gilroy “Coronation Street” (Julie Goodyear & Roy Barraclough)
1989 Frank Bruno
1988 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman
1987 Frank Bough, Ann Gregg & Kathy Tayler, BBC “Holiday” programme
1986 Les Dawson
1985 Joanna Lumley, BBC “Children in Need”
1984 Johannes Rau (Minister-President, North Rhine Westphalia & David Waddington, QC, MP (Minister of State, Home Office)
1983 Cast of “Coronation Street” (Doris Speed aka Annie Walke)
1982 Rear Admiral “Sandy” Woodward
1981 Earl & Countess Spencer
1980 Cannon and Ball
1979 Kermit the Frog and the Muppets
1978 Terry Wogan
1977 Red Rum
1976 Carol Ann Grant (Miss United Kingdom)
1975 Tom Baker (Dr Who)
1974 Wendy Craig
1973 Gordon Banks
1972 Danny La Rue
1971 Cast of “Dad´s Army”
1970 Tony Blackburn
1969 Canberra Bomber
1968 Sir Matt Busby
1967 Dr. Horace King (Speaker)
1966 Ken Dodd
1965 David Tomlinson
1964 Gracie Fields
1963 Cliff Michelmore
1962 Shirley Ann Field
1961 Violet Carson
1960 Janet Munro
1959 Jayne Mansfield
1958 A E ´Matt´ Matthews
1957 John H Whitney (American Ambassador)
1956 Reginald Dixon
1955 Jacob Malik (Russian Ambassador)
1954 Gilbert Harding
1953 George Formby
1952 Valerie Hobson
1951 Stanley Mathews
1950 Wilfred Pickles
1949 Anna Neagle
1939 Cancelled when war broke out, no display during War years or indeed until 1949
1938 Councillor Mrs Quayle
1937 Alderman Ashton and the Duke of Kent
1936 Sir Josiah Stamp
1935 Audrey Mossom (Railway Queen)
1934 Lord Derby


Did You Know….It costs approximately £50,000 per year in electricity costs to run the illuminations?