Cyclists gather in Blackpool for Ride the Lights

Cyclists got a sneak preview of the illuminations before the official switch-on this Friday. Credit: Visit Blackpool.

Thousands of cyclists attended Blackpool's Ride the Lights event last night.

The annual gathering provides riders with a sneak preview of the Blackpool Illuminations ahead of the annual switch-on this Friday.

The night was attended by people of all ages who were greeted by a live DJ set along with Nickelodeon and Blackpool Pleasure Beach characters.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: