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Blackpool Illuminations – Ride The Lights

The XL Packaging Co Sales team took part in the annual Ride the Lights event in Blackpool on Tuesday 28th August. This event, which is now in its sixth year is held before the official Blackpool Illuminations switch on Ceremony and attracted an estimated 15,000 riders.

The whole 6 mile stretch of the Illuminations from Bispham to Starr Gate, South Shore is closed to traffic for 3 hours which gives cyclists the chance to ride freely up and down the famous promenade.

Cyclists taking part in Ride the Lights

Cyclists taking part in Ride the Lights

Beautiful clear blue skies on the night meant that when darkness fell and the famous illuminations came to life and everybody got the chance to preview the event before the official switch on which takes place on Friday 31st August 2012.

Ride the Lights 2012 along Blackpool Promenade

Ride the Lights 2012 along Blackpool Promenade

The switch on ceremony this year, the centenary of the beginning of the modern day illumination displays in 1912, will be held opposite Blackpool Tower with the switch on being performed by Britains Olympic Heroes Beth Tweddle, Greg Rutherford, Max Whitlock, Sophie Hosking and Luke Campbell followed by performances by, among others, Rick Astley, Paloma Faith, Scouting For Girls and Little Mix. Again what a fantastic event and something Blackpool is so proud of!

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