Blackpool to switch off illuminations

At the start of the new national lockdown, Blackpool Council will switch off its iconic illuminations.

The lights display, which is a major tourist draw for the resort, will run until midnight on November 4, when the new restrictions come into force.

Blackpool Tower, which recently carried an 'SOS' message requesting government support for the town's businesses, will remain lit.

It is hoped that the illuminations will be switched on again when the current restrictions are eased at the beginning of December, and for the first time will run through to the New Year.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for tourism and culture, 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."

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