Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Illuminating History of Blackpool's Famous Lights

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Illuminating History of Blackpool's Famous Lights

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BLACKPOOL Illuminations have been shining in the resort for more than 100 years.

But their origins can actually be dated as far back as 1879 when eight arc lamps illuminated the promenade.

They were known as artificial sunshine and people flocked from miles around 'to see the lights'.

But it wasn't until 1912 that the illuminations were born.

In May that year Princess Louise visited the resort to open a new section of the prom which was decorated with 'festoons of garland lamps' and about 10,000 light bulbs to mark Blackpool's first ever royal visit.

It was so popular the lights were lit up again in September and thousands came to see them.

And so the tradition of the illuminations being switched on at the end of the summer holidays to extend the season in Blackpool began. …

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