Cyclists turn out in force for Ride the Lights extravaganza

Ride the Lights on Blackpool Promenade
Ride the Lights on Blackpool Promenade
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Spokes and sparks came together in a festival of cycling and colour as thousands gathered for the annual Ride the Lights event.

The prelude to Friday’s big Illuminations Switch-On saw those inclined to travel by two wheels follow the Promenade route without interference form other traffic.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s portfolio holder for tourism and culture, believes the event’s appeal has expanded to those from further afield than the Fylde coast.

He said: “I’ve spoken to people who have come up here on holiday this week because they know the lights are coming on and this is something that’s exclusive.

“You can’t do this anywhere else in the country, or the world.

“It brings people out on the Prom, people come here and see what we’ve got and it’s a great family atmosphere.

“It’s just tremendous really.”

The event included a video tribute at North Pier and Pyramid (next to Madame Tussaud’s) to former Blackpool Council chief executive Steve Weaver, who was killed in a cycling accident in France in May and came up with the Ride the Lights concept during his time with the authority.

Coun Cain added: “It was Steve’s inspiration that started off the whole thing.

“Ride the Lights was his vision.

“It’s only fair and appropriate that that’s what we do.”