A pirouette back into Lights of old

The original Swan Lake Illuminations feature.
The original Swan Lake Illuminations feature.
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BLACKPOOL is to step back in time by recreating one of the most popular tableaux of yesteryear to mark the centenary of the Illuminations in 2012.

Swan Lake, which was one of the most celebrated features of its day, is to be rebuilt from the original blueprint using modern technology in a bid to wow 21st Century visitors to the lights.

The original Swan Lake installation, which featured huge swimming birds on a surface of water, was unveiled in 1954 and remained for 12 years. But after more than a decade in the harsh conditions on Blackpool Promenade it had to be dismantled and was replaced with other installations.

Alan Cavill, assistant director with responsibility for Illuminations at Blackpool Council, said: “Swan Lake was the first tableau built on a grand scale as we see on the Promenade now.

“It was considered to be a spectacle at the time and got a lot of national coverage.

“This was the tableau that marked the change from the Illuminations being strings of lights to other, more substantial features.”

The cost of the new tableau will come out of the annual Illuminations budget for new features which usually cost between £100,000 and £200,000. While the original Swan Lake was situated at Bispham, it is likely the new feature will be located near South Pier.

Coun Maxine Callow, cabinet member for tourism and regeneration, said: “Swan Lake was truly beautiful and I know many people will be thrilled to see its return.”