Award-winning actress Lucy Fallon made a short trip from the cobbles of Coronation Street to her home town of Blackpool to switch on the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations.
Lucy, 23, pulled the switch in front of almost 20,000 people on the Tower Festival Headland sparking a colourful explosion of light and pyrotechnics along the seafront, and triggering 66 nights of Illuminations.
Moments before, Lucy spoke of her pride at being invited to perform at the Switch-On in the town where she learned her craft, studying singing, acting and drama from the age of two, and making her first public stage appearance as a dancer in pantomime at the historic Blackpool Grand Theatre.
The Switch-On was the centrepiece of a dazzling four-hour concert, delivered in association with MTV and featuring performances from Busted, Diversity, Becky Hill, Nina Nesbitt, Sigma and R3Wire & Varski.
There were also special guest appearances by the Flakefleet Children’s Choir, who wowed the public with their joyous performances on Britain’s Got Talent, and by Sooty, the UK’s most enduring children’s TV character who was “discovered” in Blackpool and who, this year, has his own section in the Blackpool Illuminations display.