‘We’ll help Morecambe with Christmas illuminations’ says Blackpool

The Blackpool Illuminations.
The Blackpool Illuminations.
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The brains behind Blackpool Illuminations want to help improve the Christmas lights in Morecambe.

Experts who work on the world famous Blackpool lights say they are ‘not impressed’ by Morecambe’s Christmas displays in the West End, Bare and the town centre.

The Blackpool Illuminations in 2008.

The Blackpool Illuminations in 2008.

So they want to work alongside Morecambe Town Council to brighten up our resort during the season of goodwill.

Representatives from Blackpool Illuminations have offered to redesign the whole Morecambe lights show in 2016.

They want to visit Morecambe this Christmas to suggest improvements to the layouts, locations and designs of our town’s small displays on Regent Road, Princes Crescent, Pedder Street and Queen Street.

“We will look at the most cost effective way of delivering a Christmas lights display for local businesses and take advantage of the offer from Blackpool,” said Councillor Darren Clifford, chairman of Morecambe Town Council.

“Any help we can get to improve the standard of our Christmas lights is welcomed.”

Morecambe Town Council budget for this year’s display has been set at £6,000.

Lancaster City Council will also contribute from its budget for Christmas Lights of £32,200 for Morecambe, Lancaster and Heysham.

Town councillors will now decide between four companies who have given quotes to install and dismantle the 2015 Christmas lights in Morecambe.

One of the companies is offering to supply a 16ft high Christmas tree with 2,000 LED lights in the pedestrian area between Specsavers and Santander bank, as well as four lit cone trees on lampposts in New Town Square (where the Morecambe mosaic is).

The Blackpool Illuminations, which cost £2.4m to stage each year, were switched on last Friday night by film director Tim Burton.

The six-mile lights show is expected to attract 3.5m visitors to the seaside town until November 8, raking in £275m for the resort’s economy.

While Morecambe still has a modest display of Christmas lights annually, the town’s main promenade illuminations display ended in 1996 due to funding issues and competition from Blackpool.

At their height the Morecambe Illuminations used used more than 40,000 coloured bulbs and attracted 100,000 visitors a year.

They were switched on by famous personalities such as actor Roger Moore and comic duo Morecambe and Wise.

Teenager Callum Henry has begun a campaign to bring them back.