A Sneak Look at the 2011 Blackpool Illuminations
12th July 2011
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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 officially unveil his new designs for this year’s Illuminations when he visited the resort this morning.
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 stunning and unique 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.
On November 10 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 resort’s famous promenade, just days after the Illuminations season officially drew to a close.
The iconic Hickory Dickory Dock tableau suffered significant damage when the entire 8x12 foot top section blew across the road and into a hotel car park. The scenes of devastation however are a thing of the past and the 35-foot-high favourite has thankfully been completely restored and proudly painted all white with white lamps; again to ensure people see refreshed versions of beloved features.
Cllr Graham Cain, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, said: “It’s really exciting to have a preview of the 2011 Illuminations. Visitors can be assured that 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.”