Blackpool Illuminations: These are just some of the celebrities who have turned on the famous lights

From stars of the silver screen to the world’s greatest racehorse, Blackpool has welcomed a stellar cast list of household names to turn on the resort’s illuminations over the years.

Thursday, 29th August 2019, 4:15 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th August 2019, 5:15 pm
Peter Kay drew bumper crowds in 2014

Here we look back at some of stars who pushed the resort's most famous switch.

TV favourite Alan Carr brings the laughter in 2009
Take That star Gary Barlow turned on the lights in 1999

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Former Take That man Robbie Williams entertains the crowds in 2010
Keith Lemon switches on the 2011 illuminations
Chart toppers The Bee Gees in 1995
Boyzone star Ronan Keating with Kirsty Howard in 2002
Singer Lisa Stansfield flicks the switch 1992
Comic Stan Boardman and singer Dame Shirley Bassey stole the show in 1994
Lancashire funnyman Les Dawson steps up to the plate in 1986
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno puts the lights on in 1989
Joanna Lumley turns on the lights in 1985
Funnymen Cannon and Ball in 1980
Red Rum become the first - and only - animal to turn on the lights in 1977
The cast of The Muppet Show provided a colourful switch-on of the illuminations in 1979
Broadcasting legend Sir Terry Wogan at the 1978 lights switch-on
Entertainer Danny La Rue does the honours at the 1972 switch-on
Cast of Dads Army perform the duties at the 1971 switch-on
Entertainer George Formby takes his turn to switch on the 1953 lights
Tickling stick in hand, Sir Ken Dodd switches on the Illuminations in 1966
Hollywood great Jayne Mansfield with her family flicks the switch at the 1958 switch-on