Blackpool has switched off the illuminations for the first time since 1939 – last turned off at the outbreak of the Second World War. Although Blackpool Tower, which, according to Blackpool Council, has “become a symbol of hope and optimism throughout this pandemic”, remains lit.
It was odd to see Blackpool so dark – the usually dazzling pier disappearing into the darkness of the ocean.
The glowing heart on Blackpool Tower has been a fixture since 2011 but seems very appropriate right now. Back in 2011, Blackpool councillor Graham Cain said the heart would “shine all year round”. Mr Cain said it was an extension of VisitBlackpool’s “I Heart BPL” branding and another way of offering something new for those who already visit the resort. Right now, Blackpool is firmly closed but the heart still glows waiting for a time when everyone can come for “buckets of festive fun at the seaside“.
Keep an eye on https://www.visitblackpool.com/coronavirus/ for the latest news on current restrictions and the Illuminations.
This wide panoramic shows how dark both Blackpool piers are during the Coronavirus outbreak.