Lights get a new look

RESTORED: Damaged tableaux on the Promenade
RESTORED: Damaged tableaux on the Promenade
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CHERISHED classics with a new lease of life will hang side-by-side with stunning new features as the 2011 Blackpool Illuminations spring to life this September.

Laurence Llewelyn- Bowen will be in Blackpool tomorrow to officially unveil his new designs for this year’s Illuminations.

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen

A brand new tableau named Theatre D’Amour will be located on the Promenade by South Pier and promises to wow the crowds.

Drawing inspiration from Blackpool’s entertainment history, the “carefully choreographed show tells a love story and consists of a fully-operational mechanical theatre featuring dancing ballerinas, video projection, a series of backdrops and nine dancing fountains”.

As well as all the new glitz and glamour the much loved favourites haven’t been forgotten.

In November last year, it looked like many of Blackpool’s best-loved Illuminations features might be lost forever as winds of up to 95mph drove along the Promenade.

The much-loved Hickory Dickory Dock tableau suffered significant damage when the entire top section blew across the road and into a hotel car park.

The scenes of devastation are a thing of the past and the 35-ft-high favourite has thankfully been completely restored and proudly painted all white with white lamps.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for Tourism and Culture, said: “. Visitors can be assured the most loved traditional features will still be on display but they’ll look a lot brighter, fresher and more appealing.

“Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s new tableau is the most complicated and challenging feature the Illuminations team have ever built and it promises to be the star of the show this year.”