A hard day’s light for Let It Be cast

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The cast of smash hit show Let It Be will quite literally see their names in lights in Blackpool.

In a break from their Beatles-themed show at the Opera House, cast members James Fox, Paul Canning, Paul Mannion and Luke Roberts backed the Friends of the Illuminations campaign to “Buy a Lamp” in the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations.

The campaign was launched earlier this year, and already almost 2,000 lightbulbs have been purchased, with buyers able to personalise them with their own message.

James Fox, who plays Paul McCartney in the show and first made his name in TV’s Fame Academy, said: “I used to come to see the Blackpool Illuminations every year as a child with my family.

“Great memories . And to have my name up there somewhere means a lot to me... I will never forget sitting in the back of my dad’s car looking up and being amazed by the Lights.”

Paul Canning, who plays John Lennon, added: “Got my name up in lights! Literally! Signed a light bulb that will be in the world famous Blackpool Illuminations. Made up with that, and pleased to be supporting this attraction.”

The Friends of the Illuminations launched the campaign in an extra bid to raise funds for the Lights. And at a cost of just £1 per light bulb, Friends Ambassador Shirley Hunt said they have proved to be very popular.

Shirley said: “The Buy a Lamp campaign is a great way for people to donate to the lights, so we are delighted the cast of Let It Be are supporting this cause.

“ Of course, they already have their names in lights because of this fantastic show, but we hope that having their names added to our magnificent Illuminations will also encourage others to support our fund-raising efforts.”

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, added: “Blackpool is experiencing a fantastic year, and it is with shows such as Let It Be and the support of people like the Friends of the Illuminations that our resort

will continue to thrive.

“This is a great campaign by the Friends, so it is even more pleasing to see it supported by the wonderful performers that come to our town.”

Let It Be is at Blackpool Opera House until Sunday.