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Mirror ball light show wins award
Blackpool mirror ball
The ball was designed by artist Michael Trainor
A spectacular light show which lit up Blackpool's mirror ball during a festival has won a national award.

The Festival of Light, held for the first time in 2005, was created to involve the community in the resort's 127-year-old illuminations show.

The show projected onto the mirror ball was named best external lighting at the annual Lighting Design Awards ceremony in London.

Blackpool Council said it was delighted with the award.

'Wow factor'

Judges said the mirror could not have been lit better, adding that it "invited a high level of interaction with the public".

Councillor Eddie Collett, tourism spokesman, said: "The judges have recognised the vision, expertise and skill of our Illuminations Department, which enabled us to create a first-class lighting attraction with a real wow factor."

Blackpool Council believes its mirror ball, called "They shoot horses, don't they?", is the largest in the world.

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

The ball was designed by artist Michael Trainor and made in Oldham, Greater Manchester, by an engineering firm.




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