No Switch-On star as resort bosses announce Star Trek link-up

Visit Blackpool has announced its hope to boldly go where no man has gone before with a drastically different Switch-On plan.

Friday, 25th August 2017, 1:00 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:44 pm
The Famous Blackpool Tower and lights along the stretch of promenade known as the Golden Mile in Blackpool, Lancashire at night, photographed on a long exposure with light streaks during the yearly 'illuminations' spectacle.
The Famous Blackpool Tower and lights along the stretch of promenade known as the Golden Mile in Blackpool, Lancashire at night, photographed on a long exposure with light streaks during the yearly 'illuminations' spectacle.

The traditional event, which attracts thousands of people each year, will see Blackpool Illuminations brought to life by a Star Trek-themed ceremony - rather than a big-name star.

The announcement of the new Switch-On sequence completes this year’s line-up, which will feature live performances from artists Example and DJ Wire, Diversity, Conor Maynard and Louisa Johnson.

Councillor Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We are delighted that one of the world’s most iconic TV franchises is to take part in this year’s Illuminations switch-on.

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“A huge amount of work has gone on behind the scenes to produce what should be another truly memorable event. This year’s switch-on ceremony will be delivered in a totally unique and innovative way, creating a spectacular launch pad for the 2017 Illuminations season.

“We can’t wait to see it unfold on the night.”

However, not everybody was impressed by the news.

Setting his phasers to stunned, councillor Tony Williams said: “What can I say? Are they finding it difficult to find celebrities who want to switch on the lights? It used to be such an honour.

“I just don’t understand their reasoning behind this.

“I think it’s sad that they cannot find a celebrity to switch on the lights in person.

“The Switch-On was always a family event and always a big part of the holiday season, and we’ve had some very big names switch on the lights over the years.

“I’m very disappointed. I’m shocked that they want to do something that breaks a tradition of 100 years.”

The Gazette asked for more information.