Return of the rocket

MONDAY - The illuminated Rocket when it ran in 1997
MONDAY - The illuminated Rocket when it ran in 1997
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ROCKETING back onto the Prom!

One of Blackpool’s most iconic modes of transport is set to dazzle visitors after it was immortalised as part of the world-famous Illuminations.

The eye-catching Rocket tram was a firm favourite when it trundled up and down the Promenade.

Illuminations bosses today
revealed it will return this year as the centrepiece of a new display on Gynn Square roundabout.

Flamboyant designer Laurence Lleweyln-Bowen, the Lights’ creative director, will officially unveil the Illuminations new star attractions today, as the attraction gears up to celebrate its centenary year.

And it is not just old favourites which will be returning.

In a modern twist four urban street artists have been invited to pick up their spray cans and create unique pieces of art – which will then be lit by the skills of the Illuminations lighting team to create a brand new 4x4 Street to Shore attraction.

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Children’s favourites Spongebob and Dora the Explorer will also light up the Promenade as part of a brand new set of Nickelodeon Land lights, while a corridor of illumination is being constructed to link the Promenade with the Brilliance sound and light show on Birley Street.

And finally nine youngsters have had a hand in creating a brand new giant interactive sign alongside artist Laurence Payout.

The sign will be located on North Pier, and is set to make for an unusual sight with the audience mirroring its actions and movements creating a more interactive display.

Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool, said: “We are resurrecting the Rocket tram and all in all there are some nice, new features in there and there’s something from everybody.

“The Nickelodeon Land lights are also very exciting for us.”

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