Blackpool’s annual Lightpool Competition has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a blow to tourism for the area, the award-winning free occasion is not going to go forward as deliberate whereas organisers deliberate if and when it may be rescheduled.
The favored extravaganza, which sees the Lancashire resort taken over by a carnival of lights, pyrotechnics and vibrant performances often attracts 1000’s to the coastal city.
Organisers of the two-week lightshow, which was as a consequence of run over the half-term vacation from October 16-31 have mentioned they could not run the occasion correctly throughout these unsure occasions.
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Go to Blackpool who host the occasion support say the present restrictions on occasions, coupled with rising uncertainty over the potential of additional nationwide restrictions within the weeks forward, meant that the principle parts of the programme couldn’t go forward as deliberate.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Cupboard Member for Tourism & Tradition, mentioned: “It’s actually disappointing that we have now needed to postpone this 12 months’s occasion, notably at such quick discover.
“However provided that there isn’t any probability of any restrictions easing over the following few weeks, we really feel that the most secure possibility is to postpone.
“As soon as we stripped out the extra spectacular elements of the standard programme to keep away from attracting crowds to particular places on the promenade and within the city centre, it meant the competition would have been a much-diluted provide in comparison with earlier years.
“Therefore, we have now determined to postpone the entire occasion after which discover whether or not it may be safely staged both later this 12 months or within the early a part of 2021.”
Nonetheless they’re eager to emphasize that the cancellation of Lightpool is not going to have an effect on the Blackpool illuminations which can proceed to mild up the seafront each night time till January 3 – two months later than the standard switch-off date.
Cllr Campbell added: “The Illuminations might be considered in a COVID-safe manner as a drive-through expertise. As at all times, we might merely ask all of our guests to respect the foundations and laws when they’re in resort to guard their very own well being and that of others.”