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Alfie Boe to switch on Blackpool illuminations

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Actor and international singing star Alfie Boe, who was born in the resort and raised in neighbouring Fleetwood, will pull the switch to trigger the start of the 2018 Illuminations season at the Tower festival headland later.
During the free four-hour show there will be performances by Ella Eyre, Jonas Blue and dance troupe Diversity.

Alfie joins a long list of celebrities who have switched on the Blackpool Illuminations including Hollywood director Tim Burton, Robbie Williams, Peter Kay and Dame Barbara Windsor.

Ella Eyre will perform at the switch on Credit: pa
Former Britain's Got Talent winners, Diversity Credit: pa

The Friday night celebration will start with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of talent from across the Fylde Coast, prior to the start of the main show.

“We are thrilled that Alfie Boe has agreed to switch on the Blackpool Illuminations for 2018. He is an outstanding talent and we are very proud to welcome him home for what is our biggest night of the year.”

– Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council