A Towering achievement

Former Imperial Hotel manager Alison Gilmore.

Former Imperial Hotel manager Alison Gilmore.

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THE woman behind a scheme to replace 10,000 bulbs on Blackpool Tower has paid tribute to those involved in the renovation.

The new efficient LED bulbs got their big switch-on on Tuesday evening, and project manager Alison Gilmore described the achievement by all those who worked on the project as “wonderful”.

Blackpool Tower with its lights back on again after five years in the dark.

Blackpool Tower with its lights back on again after five years in the dark.

She said: “I saw it a few times before tourists and locals and it’s been fantastic from the first minute we switched it on, it’s absolutely stunning.

“It’s been a fantastic project to work on and the Illuminations team have been wonderful in their hospitality and their support.”

A total of 5,508 LED lights have been installed all the way up the Tower to replace its previous 10,000 pygmy bulbs.

Nine hundred more LED lights are found in the Tower’s illuminated heart.

At any one time a team of nine construction workers were contracted on the project, which began back in April last year.

Alison, who has now returned to work at the Imperial Hotel, where she was employed before the project, added: “It’s a shame I’m not involved in maintaining it but it’s been wonderful from my point of view because I absolutely adore Blackpool. Now moving forward I can look at it every day, it’s great.”

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