Tim Burton switches on Blackpool Illuminations

Legendary Hollywood director Tim Burton has flicked the switch to turn on the 2015 Blackpool Illuminations.

Burton, a self-confessed fan of Britain’s best-loved seaside resort, filmed his latest project Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in the town earlier this year and, to say thank you, VisitBlackpool bosses gave him their highest honour – the chance to flick the famous switch.

The evening also saw a star-studded line-up of musical entertainment wow the audience at Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland Arena with some of the biggest names in British music, including The Vamps, Lawson and Professor Green, all performing.

Before switching on the lights, Tim Burton told the 20,000-strong crowd: “When they asked me about flicking the switch I felt like Dr Frankenstein flicking on the electricity, so it’s pretty cool.

“I love Blackpool, I’d love to do another film here. It’s an amazing place.”

IlluminationsThe concert marks the start of the 2015 Illuminations season, with the world famous lights now shining bright every night until November 6, which this year features the start of Blackpool’s new £2.4m Lightpool project funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, Blackpool Council and LeftCoast.

Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois said: “I am delighted we have been able to support Blackpool Illumination’s through a £2m grant from the Coastal Communities Fund.

“This investment will help boost the local economy and the Northern Powerhouse. We are committed to drive investment in the north and help our seaside communities thrive.”