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Thursday, 24 October, 2002, 19:17 GMT 20:17 UK
Biggest mirrorball lights up Blackpool
Glitterball
The glitterball was assembled by an engineering firm
What is claimed to be the world's largest mirrorball is lighting up Blackpool seafront.

Dancers performed underneath the disco glitterball on Thursday night, so it could be officially declared a record-breaker.

The revolving artwork, featuring 46,500 mirrors, is a permanent fixture on the resort's South Promenade.

It is officially called "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" after a 1960s film and is part of the Great Promenade Show, a public art display.

'New icon'

The glitterball beat a 2.4m-diameter mirrorball in a Los Angeles nightclub to the world record.

The ball was designed by artist Michael Trainor and commissioned by the Manchester-based Art Department.

It was made in Oldham, Greater Manchester, by an engineering firm.

'Mesmorising image'

Mr Trainor said: "Hopefully it will be seen as a new icon for Blackpool and the region, and is probably the shiniest artwork in the world.

"Every second of every day the mirrored facets give a different view of the environment - sea, sky, traffic, trams and promenaders all wrapped up in one mesmorising, moving image."

The glitterball was officially switched on by Baron Isherwood, the North West Development Agency Director of Regeneration.


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