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TeamGB stars switch on Blackpool illuminations

Members of TeamGB turn on the Blackpool Illuminations. Photo:

Members of TeamGB switched on Blackpool illuminations tonight, marking the 100 year anniversary of the iconic lights.

The athletes lit up the town for the Lancashire resort's annual switch-on extravaganza.

The 100-year anniversary illuminations have been switched on in Blackpool. Credit: Press Association

The sporting heroes took to the stage for the big switch-on at the climax of an evening's entertainment, including performances from The X Factor-winning girl band Little Mix, Amy MacDonald and Noisettes.

Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool, said: "2012 is a platinum year for Blackpool Illuminations as it is the centenary of our world-famous Lights, so it is only fitting that some of our British Olympic heroes kick off the celebrations for us.

X-Factor winning girl-band Little Mix performing at the Blackpool Illuminations switch-on show. Credit: Press Association

"2012 is a year which the whole of Great Britain will remember so it is wonderful that Blackpool's historic year will also be celebrated with such inspiring people."

ITV News Reporter Stephen Douglas reports: