Britain’s most popular comedian, Peter Kay, officially switched on Blackpool Illuminations during the finale of the Friday night Switch-On on 29th August, which was staged in association with media partner Rock FM!
In a rare public appearance, the Phoenix Nights star, whose name has been synonymous with Blackpool since his record selling “Live at the Top of Tower” DVD, charmed the 20,000-strong crowd at Blackpool’s seafront Festival Headlands.
Fireworks launched from the top of The Blackpool Tower as the lights turned on the Golden Mile and along the length of the town’s famous Promenade.
The Friday night Switch-On, which was staged in association with media partner Rock FM, marked the start of a three-day festival of entertainment on the Tower Festival Headland.
Saturday night was direct from the West End with the massive West End hit Thriller Live featuring extended highlights of their show (pictured above) plus excerpts from the touring casts of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, Chicago and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Jon Lee, of S Club 7 fame, and friends performed songs from The Jersey Boys and Leanne Jones, famed for her time playing Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, sang songs from the musicals.
Sunday’s show closed the Switch-On Festival Weekend with a soulful performance by Rebecca Ferguson with special guests Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, 911 and Damage performing their greatest hits!
The Illuminations Switch-On Festival – Driven by Bowker – the home of BMWi throughout Lancashire.