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Blackpool Illuminations Shine On

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Julia Germaine, [email protected]

The English seaside resort town of Blackpool, County Lancashire, is home to one of the greatest free light shows on earth. The annual Blackpool Illuminations will shine for 66 days this year, from Sept. 4 to Nov. 8. Referred to locally as The Lights, the display’s long history illustrates the exponential rate of development of artificial light sources, from eight precious arc lamps in 1879 to 1 million LEDs and other sources today. Continuing a 136-year tradition, six miles of Blackpool’s coastal promenade will display 1 million electric lamps in various configurations and...Read full article

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