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Illuminations on Blackpool promenade

The Blackpool Illuminations is an annual lights festival, founded in 1879 and held each autumn in the English seaside resort of Blackpool on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. In 1934 the town began a tradition of marking the start of the festival by inviting a public figure to perform the inaugural switch on of the lights. For the first public switch on ceremony, the honour was performed by Lord Derby. In subsequent years invitees have predominantly been drawn from the world of entertainment with occasional appearances by sportspeople and political figures. The illuminations have also been turned on by a bomber aircraft and a racehorse.

The 2019 switch-on was performed by actress Lucy Fallon.

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Year Invitee Reference
1934 Lord Derby
1935 Audrey Mosson (Railway Queen of Great Britain)
1936 Sir Josiah Stamp
1937 Prince George, Duke of Kent
1938 Councillor Mrs Quayle
1939-48 Cancelled due to World War II
1949 Anna Neagle
1950 Wilfred Pickles
1951 Stanley Matthews
1952 Valerie Hobson
1953 George Formby
1954 Gilbert Harding
1955 Yakov Malik (Soviet Ambassador)
1956 Reginald Dixon
1957 John H. Whitney (American Ambassador)
1958 AE "Matty" Matthews
1959 Jayne Mansfield
1960 Janet Munro
1961 Violet Carson
1962 Shirley Anne Field
1963 Cliff Michelmore
1964 Gracie Fields
1965 David Tomlinson
1966 Ken Dodd
1967 Horace King
1968 Matt Busby
1969 Canberra Bomber
1970 Tony Blackburn
1971 The cast of Dad's Army
1972 Danny La Rue
1973 Gordon Banks
1974 Wendy Craig
1975 Cast of Doctor Who: Tom Baker (in costume as The Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen and Ian Marter
1976 Carol Jean Grant (Miss United Kingdom)
1977 Red Rum
1978 Terry Wogan
1979 Kermit the Frog and The Muppets
1980 Cannon and Ball
1981 Earl & Countess Spencer
1982 Rear Admiral Sandy Woodward
1983 Cast of Coronation Street, switched on by Doris Speed
1984 Johannes Rau (Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia) and David Waddington,(Minister of State, the Home Office)
1985 Joanna Lumley, BBC Children in Need, and Audrey Mosson (50 year anniversary)
1986 Les Dawson
1987 Frank Bough, Anne Gregg and Kathy Tayler, all from the BBC's Holiday programme
1988 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman
1989 Frank Bruno
1990 Julie Goodyear and Roy Barraclough
1991 Derek Jameson and Judith Chalmers
1992 Lisa Stansfield
1993 Status Quo
1994 Shirley Bassey
1995 Bee Gees
1996 Eternal
1997 Michael Ball
1998 Chris de Burgh
1999 Gary Barlow
2000 Westlife
2001 Steps
2002 Ronan Keating
2003 Blue
2004 Geri Halliwell
2005 Chris Evans
2006 Dale Winton
2007 David Tennant
2008 The Stig with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond from BBC Top Gear
2009 Alan Carr
2010 Robbie Williams
2011 Keith Lemon
2012 6 of Team GB's London 2012 medalists. (Beth Tweddle, Greg Rutherford, Karina Bryant, Luke Campbell, Max Whitlock and Sophie Hosking)
2013 Jonathan Ross
2014 Peter Kay
2015 Tim Burton
2016 Barbara Windsor
2017 Star Trek: Discovery and Diversity
2018 Alfie Boe
2019 Lucy Fallon
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