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Blackpool’s unassuming warehouse where the magic of the seaside resort’s twinkling Illuminations is born

Blackpool’s unassuming warehouse where the magic of the seaside resort’s twinkling Illuminations is born

Every year millions admire the colourful illuminations snaking down Blackpool’s seafront.

They are part of the resort’s unmistakable identity in the autumn and winter months, carrying on the glow and warmth of the summer. So it is hard to believe these world-famous dazzling displays could be created in such an unassuming, ordinary place.

The mile-long lightshow is designed and built by Lightworks Illuminations at a huge industrial warehouse on Johnson Way in Squires Gate.

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The Lightworks Illuminations Depot looks just like your average industrial unit from the outside, within lies an Aladdin’s cave of wonders. There’s shelves piled high with colourful characters, bulbs, fibre optic material, lasers, LEDs, wiring and paint tins.

Blackpool Illuminations during the famous Illuminated Tram Parade(Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

Every single part of the displays is designed and produced from scratch, from the design, sourcing material, electrical wiring to the paintwork and construction. They are manufactured and sculpted from a combination of materials, including wood and metal, with the tableaux at the North End of the prom are mainly made from wood in the joinery workshop.

The warehouse resembles an illuminations graveyard in the off-season, with the installations are dismantled and stored away over before being updated and brought back to life in the spring and over summer. The building is located close to Blackpool Airport is home to a dedicated and highly-skilled team who work year-round to build the installations.

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  • June 3, 2023