Just £10 could safeguard our Lights’ future

Claire Smith
Claire Smith
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Just £10 from each business in Blackpool would secure the future of the Illuminations.

That is the message today from hoteliers’ group Blackpool Combined Association, as the town counts down to Switch-On 2014.

The simple plea was made by Gary Pretty, as hoteliers reacted to yesterday’s announcement that Peter Kay, Little Mix and Texas will

star at the launch party on Friday, August 29.

“If everybody helped a little bit, it would cover everything,” said Mr Pretty, from the Hesketh Hotel, Hesketh Avenue in Bispham.

“Businesses just don’t realise how important the Illuminations are, but that’s starting to change.

“£10 is a drop in the ocean, such a tiny amount – the price of a few pints – but it would make the Illuminations safe. And every business in town must benefit by at least £10 because of the Lights.”

Plans for this year’s Illuminations were unveilled on Thursday, with old favourite Laurence Llewelyn Bowen’s Alice In Wonderland make over among the highlights.

Claire Smith, head of hoteliers’ group StayBlackpool, said: “There is a real feeling of enthusiasm and confidence already this season, and the Illuminations seem to have engaged local businesses far better. There were a lot more people at the launch than in previous years, which shows people are really interested.”

Shirley Hunt, from Friends Of The Illuminations, is another excited fan. “The Tower was where it all started for Peter Kay, and he is fantastic and I’m made up he’s coming,” she said.

“Where can you get this kind of entertainment for £20 over two nights?”