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Illuminations damaged by storms

Blackpool illuminations
The lights were officially switched on last Friday (Pic: Joe Kennedy)

Some of Blackpool's famous illuminations have been left flickering after they were damaged by the region's heavy rain and storms.

Parts of the six-mile stretch of lights have been affected by technical faults, and the weather has meant workers have been unable to fix them safely.

Blackpool Council said technicians are working overnight, waiting for breaks in the weather to carry out repairs.

It said visitors to the lights over the weekend "will not be disappointed".

Maxine Callow, cabinet member for regeneration and tourism at Blackpool Council, has ordered the problems get fixed as soon as possible.

She said: "Since the spectacular switch on last week the town has been buzzing with holiday makers and residents who want to see the full stretch of the lights.

"It is such a shame that the weather has spoilt their experience but at least the faults are limited to one or two sets of lights and not full sections, so everyone should still get a feel for what the illuminations department is trying to achieve.

"However, we need to make sure that those visiting us over the next few weeks get the best that we can offer and I have requested we put our best foot forward to attempt to get these problems fixed immediately."

Many of the faults have now been fixed, but the remaining faults could take until early next week to put right.




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