Blackpool Illuminations to honour NHS staff

22nd July 2020

(UK) – This year’s illuminations to be presented under the theme Bring on the Light.

As the UK has recently saluted 72 years of the NHS, Blackpool has announced that its annual Blackpool Illuminations display will this year feature a special tribute to the UK’s care workers.

The autumn display, presented under the theme of Bring on the Light, will celebrate the extraordinary efforts of the NHS and other key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of the tribute section, VisitBlackpool is inviting nominations for key workers to be included in a “Corona Heroes” display within the six-mile stretch of the Illuminations. Around 50 of the successful applicants will have illuminated images of themselves displayed within a newly-created section nearby to the Blackpool Tower.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the Blackpool Illuminations will this year be extended by two months, starting on 4 September and ending on 3 January 2021 – it will be the first time that Blackpool Illuminations have shone over Christmas and New Year.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Cabinet Member for Tourism & Culture, said: “This year’s Blackpool Illuminations give us the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the remarkable efforts of those who have worked so tirelessly and selflessly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our theme of Bring on the Light for this year’s display is intended to celebrate the nation’s re-emergence from a period of darkness which has seen the worst public health crisis in a generation.

“The Corona Heroes section will allow us to put just some of our NHS and key workers up in lights.”

Cllr Campbell added that a further tribute within the Illuminations would be revealed in the coming months.

Pic: Greg Wolstenholme Photography