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Blackpool Illuminations


Every year between September and November six miles of the front at Blackpool is  lit up by lights of all types, from ordinary coloured bulbs through giant lamppost mounted displays to large free standing displays at the northern end  of the prom.

The promenade was first lit up as a special event in 1912 to celebrate the first royal visit to Blackpool. With gaps for the first and second world wars the lights have lit up the autumn skies ever since.

This section of overhead lights is called the Sirens, where mermaids entrance the visitors and try to lure the ships that pass onto the rocks of the promenade.

Blackpool Illuminations


Every year between September and November six miles of the front at Blackpool is  lit up by lights of all types, from ordinary coloured bulbs through giant lamppost mounted displays to large free standing displays at the northern end  of the prom.

The promenade was first lit up as a special event in 1912 to celebrate the first royal visit to Blackpool. With gaps for the first and second world wars the lights have lit up the autumn skies ever since.

This section of overhead lights is called the Sirens, where mermaids entrance the visitors and try to lure the ships that pass onto the rocks of the promenade.

comments (13)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Oct 2009, 05:52
Luring the cars into the lamp posts, they are doing now smile

The first night shot I can remember of you and it is a great one - especially with movement captured at that moment.
Les Auld: Indeed they are Louis, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Oct 2009, 06:16
Ha - that's Blackpool alright! Well captured Les
Les Auld: Typically brash and bright Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 28 Oct 2009, 07:56
Spectacular light show Les
Les Auld: They come out every year Zed, thanks for the comment.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Oct 2009, 09:46
There's nothing quite like Blackpool is there? I remember going there when my children were small - it rained all day and looked spectacularly tatty (I wasn't a photographer then, so didn't appreciate the possibilities!) but the lights were amazing. Good night shot.
Ingrid
Les Auld: The lights always seemed more exciting when I was a child Ingrid, now its a quick drive through and head home, except of course when you have a camera with you. Thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 28 Oct 2009, 10:51
I have heard about this but never seen it thanks
Les Auld: World famous then Vintage, thanks for the comment.
Wonderful and colourful night perspective Les!
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, they do make an interesting subject.
Good composition for this wonderful night shot Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Ron, the curve of the Prom helped.
Good night shot les, you have caught quite a distance.
Les Auld: Merely a short stretch Linda, thanks for the comment.
I've never been to Blackpool Les but am told the illuminations are spectacular, and of course they look that in this photo of yours.
Les Auld: They are OK Brian, although as I get older and my memory improves I feel that the illuminations in days of old were much better. If memory serves my right Walsall used to hold their own illuminations with old ones from Blackpool.
Great shot Les. Vibrant colours and nice movement
Les Auld: Thanks Pamela, appreciate the comment.
always say we will go and never have..fine shot Les
Les Auld: Everyone should go once Bill, thanks for the comment.
Nice one Les,ive never done the lights yet , and i only live down the road.
Les Auld: They are a bit of a challenge Michael, but worth trying. Thanks for the comment.
Good, just a bit too dark. Excellent framing and composition.
Les Auld: Any lighter and the illuminations would start to burn out Paul, thanks for the comment.

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