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Blackpool Illuminations

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Blackpool Illuminations is an annual Lights Festival, founded in 1879 and first switched on 18 September that year, held each autumn in the English seaside resort of Blackpool.

Also known locally as The Lights or The Illuminations, they run each year for sixty six days, from late August until early November at a time when most other English seaside resorts' seasons are coming to an end. Dubbed as The greatest free light show on earth, they are 6 miles (10 km) long and use over one million bulbs. The display stretches along the Promenade from Starr Gate at the south end of the town to Bispham in the north.

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Each year the opening night of the Illuminations, The Big Switch On, held in a specially erected BBC Radio 2 arena with a celebrity pulling a switch to turn on the six miles of lights.

Most visitors drive through the Illuminations by car, coach or bus. There are also open top trams which run along the tramway as well as horse-drawn landau.

In 2010 the Illuminations will shine from 3 September to 7 November.