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Blackpool Tower & Illuminations

Blackpool Tower viewed from the North Pier during the 2008 illuminations.


Blackpool Tower was opened to the public on 14 May 1894 and was Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris it rises to 158m (518ft 9 inches). The Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers and is a Grade 1 listed building. Major attractions inside the tower are the Tower Ballroom, Circus Arena and Aquarium.

Blackpool Illuminations is an annual Lights Festival that was founded in 1879. The Lights or Illuminations, run from late August until early November at a time of the year when every other English seaside resorts seasons are coming to an end. The Illuminations are dubbed as "The greatest free light show on earth", they are six miles (9.65 kilometres) long and use over one million bulbs. The display stretches along the Promenade from Starr Gate at the south end of the town to Bispham in the north. The 2008 the Illuminations ran from 29th August to 2nd November.

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Taken on October 2, 2008