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Noel, if you know where the Strickly people are staying, you could pop in and buy them a drink!!
If you're looking in on Wednesday evening you'll be pleased to see the Illuminations are on again... and that's because the BBC Strictly Come Dancing crew are in town for the next few days so, a brief reprise and last look at this years' illuminations as they'll start being dismantled after the BBC depart.
Blackpool looks lovely and fresh, very fresh, this morning!!
Yes, they do put Christmas lights up mainly down Church Street and Abingdon Street, sadly nothing along the promenade. Most of the hotels that stay open over winter have their Christmas trees and lights already on display which is absurd. I worked in a hotel last year and it was bizarre how the moment the illuminations ended, out came all the Christmas decorations, trees, lights and worse, the music.
Hi Phil, yeah, here in Sheffield in a lot of places they have subsided a lot, but Doncaster and other areas are still bad. It were lucky here that it didnt come all over top in city centre like 2007!. More floods forecast for thursday sadly.P.s, ive sent a message to skyline to see about getting a camera in the city , somewhere near the River don , and they said they are looking into it, would be handy for us to keep an eye on when weather gets ropey.Seems quiet in Blackpool now lights gone off, do they put christmas lights up? Be better than ours here, they are utter dire now. :)
Can’t believe how the weather has changed in the last 24 hours !
Wet and windy today
**Emerging, suitably chastised, from the 'naughty corner' ......again.....heh heh,....... wearing my new Christmas santa onesie and flying helmet ....due to new Health and Safety regs, I was told :-) ...** Thanks, Avril, I might try that this year if it's not icy. I'm near Bury. Wayne1983: I saw more floods in Yorkshire on TV tonight. Seem to have got much worse. I feel so sorry for those involved. Hope you're OK. Mel: Glad you enjoyed it. I'm hoping to go soon when there's some more decent weather forecast.
Been to Blackpool today it’s been brilliant weather for November, went to the Northern Soul weekender.
Hi Phil, we used to take a hot picnic, flask of soup, flask of coffee and sandwiches. It warmed us and was a good day out. We lived in Walkden then, not far from Bolton
Hi Avril,Not me particularly. I just thought it might attract a few more visitors, and not cost that much more. LED lights will stand quite a bashing compared to the old bulbs. They might have to take down the tableaux from the wind point of view, though. You mentioned your Christmas breaks about a month ago. Good idea. I think it's quite 'retro' Victorian on the lower prom, which I like, but it was rather run down, and I felt a bit isolated last time I went. I guess there's not many cafes etc. open that week.
Phil You would like the lights extended? At one time the lights were turned off in the middle of October, but now it is the end of October.Used to enjoy a visit between Christmas and New Year, Blackpool was quiet then and a joy to be able to walk around wirhout the crowds
Was in Blackpool last week, and weather was nice, cold but nice for end of October/early Novemeber. Will be back next March. Better than what we have have had in Sheffield yesterday with the floods again!
The LED lights that are now used in the illuminations use much less electricity than the old bulbs used. The setting up and dismantling costs will be the same, but there will be less maintenance, because the LEDs will not need changing nearly as much, and they will withstand being battered by the wind and rain much better. That said, I wonder why they don't extend the period of the basic seafront display, say to the end of November, which would also cover the BBC 'Strictly...' final, as Noel said below. They would still cost less to run than before, and no doubt would attract additional visitors. It would keep the locals out of hibernation for a bit longer too :-)
Phil, yea it’s been great while the illuminations have been on,I visit Blackpool quite regular and yea I’ve noticed one person missing haha. Noels comments are great as he lives there so can keep us up to date with everything that’s happening and we don’t have a history lesson from you know who.
Mel and Phil - a pleasure. I genuinely love living here in Blackpool! It gets a lot of stick, but it is unique and it's nice that many like to look in on this cam. One sight that will start becoming frequent - sadly out of view - are the Starling murmurations at sunset at North Pier. Some Starlings do congregate around Central Pier but not as many and probably not visible on the cam.