Dame Barbara Windsor performs the 2016 Switch On

The Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2016 took place at the Tower Festival Headland on Friday 2 September. It featured a host of top music stars and the big moment when the lights display was turned on.

Dame Barbara Windsor Blackpool Illuminations switch on 2016
Dame Barbara Windsor Switches on the Blackpool Illuminations in 2016

Dame Barbara was evacuated to Blackpool during the war and returned to star in two summer season shows at the North Pier Theatre and the Grand Theatre.

She said: “I’m absolutely delighted, what an experience, my dream has come true. I finally got the chance to flick the Switch to turn on the famous Blackpool Illuminations.

“I’ve wanted to do this since the beginning of my career, it was breath-taking, and I cannot tell you what this means to me. Thank you Blackpool!”

Switch On 2016

Watch Dame Barbara Windsor switch on Blackpool Illuminations in 2016 in the video below.

Dame Barbara Windsor pulls the famous switch!! #SwitchOn16

Posted by Radio Wave on Friday, 2 September 2016

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