Lights tribute to ex-chief

Ride the Lights on Blackpool Promenade.
Ride the Lights on Blackpool Promenade.
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This year’s Ride the Lights will include a tribute to former Blackpool Council chief executive Steve Weaver who was killed in a cycling accident in France in May.

Mr Weaver came up with the concept of Ride the Lights - now an annual curtain-raiser to the Illuminations.

Each year thousands of riders pedal along a traffic-free Prom for a preview of the Lights ahead of the Switch-on.

This year, the event on Tuesday between 7pm and 10pm, will include a tribute to Mr Weaver posted on the North Pier and Pyramid (next to Madame Tussaud’s) video screens on the Promenade.

There will also be musical entertainment on the Tower Festival Headland hosted by Rock FM DJ Danny Bee, as well as a best dressed bike competition, exhibitors and workshops.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach will have its costume characters meeting and greeting all the cyclists as they ride past the Pleasure Beach along Ocean Boulevard.

The route runs from Starr Gate, South Shore, all the way through to Red Bank Road, Bispham, with riders able to go in either direction and able to complete as much or as little of the course as they choose.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “Ride the Lights is always an incredibly popular event and is now a firm fixture on Blackpool’s calendar.

“I’m expecting thousands of people throughout the evening and I know they won’t be disappointed by the Illuminations display.

“It will be a great night of cycling, fun and entertainment.”

In order to keep safe, cyclists are reminded their bikes must have lights, and they are recommended to wear a helmet.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Marshalls and first aiders will be on hand along the route and support vehicles will be on hand to assist with bike breakdowns.

The tram service will continue to operate throughout the ride.

Mr Weaver died on May 28 in a hit and run accident while cycling along a country road, from Malaucène to Veaux, in Provence, while on holiday.

The 64-year-old, who was from Blackburn, suffered fatal head and arm injuries.