Big boys called to back Lights

Laurence Llewellyn Bowen at the launch event.
Laurence Llewellyn Bowen at the launch event.
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Supporters of Blackpool Illuminations have issued a plea to the resort’s larger hotels to help make the lights brighter than ever.

The Friends of Blackpool Illuminations have launched an appeal to raise extra funds to modernise the six mile light show and are asking businesses to make a donation.

But at the launch meeting at the Illuminations Depot headed by TV star Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, reported in yesterday’s Gazette, some of the smaller hoteliers said the bigger hotels had not contributed yet this year.

Speaking at the meeting Mick Grewcock, owner of the Burbage Lodge Holiday Appartments said: “Some of the big hotels have given nothing, we need them to help out and realise just what business the Illuminations bring to Blackpool.

“They benefit from that extra business and so they need to help us out too.”

Shirley Hunt, from the Friends of Blackpool illuminations, said at the meeting that collectors at some hotels had been told they would have to refer their request to head office but had heard nothing back yet.

She said: “We are not in the business of naming and shaming, what we want is for everyone to get behind the Illuminations.”

She said they were not looking for huge contributions but if every business gave between £5 and £10 it would help buy new displays.

She said : “All the hotels get a nine week bonus at the end of the season from the Illuminations and we really need to get some donations from the bigger businesses.”

It has been estimated that the Illuminations bring in £250m to the resort’s economy and the council funds the light by £2.1m. Two of the most prominent hotels in the town said they had not yet been contacted by the Friends, while other groups which have several hotels could not be contacted for a comment.

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