The tableaux at Blackpool North Shore are the huge, great big Illuminations which you can walk right up to and enjoy in the cold dark air of autumn. Oh and if you wondered, tableau is one of them, tableaux is plural!
New White Ribbon Tableau Switched On
A new White Ribbon tableau, the symbol of a national campaign to end violence against women and girls, has been switched on to become a feature in the Blackpool Illuminations.
In the photo (L-R): Cllr Graham Cain, Cabinet Secretary for Resilient Communities, Chris Green, OBE, Founder of White Ribbon UK, Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK, Chrissie Chesters, Integrated Commissioning Manager (Domestic Abuse/Interpersonal Violence), Blackpool Council.
It’s 2.4m high and 3.9m wide and you can find it near St Stephens Avenue, at Blackpool North Shore.
The White Ribbon campaign aims to educate and raise awareness of violence against women and engage more men to be part of the solution. Supporters of the campaign are asked to pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms. Blackpool is clear that all violence and abuse is not acceptable for any victim regardless of gender, age, race, religion, class and sexual orientation.
The mini switch-on event was attended by representatives and supporters of the campaign, including Blackpool Council, White Ribbon UK, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Blackpool Illuminations team who created the tableau.
A visible symbol
Cllr Graham Cain, Blackpool Council, Cabinet Secretary for Resilient Communities and White Ribbon Ambassador, said: “I am delighted that the white ribbon symbol will be so visible to so many people as one of the tableaux at Blackpool North Shore.
“This symbol will help focus attention on what are despicable acts of violence against women and the distress of those people who witness it. It ruins the lives of victims and often the wider family.
“Such violence has to stop and we must do everything that we can to tackle such horrendous behaviour. By actively engaging more men in the debate about the issues we are taking a positive step towards driving greater awareness in our communities.”
More about the White Ribbon
National White Ribbon Day is on 25 November and will see 16 days of action until 10 December to deliver the White Ribbon message and raising awareness.
On behalf of the Blackpool Domestic Abuse & Interpersonal Violence (DAIV) Partnership , Blackpool received White Ribbon accreditation in 2017. All Lancashire district councils, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire County Council, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and several health bodies also received it. Lancashire becomes the UK’s first White Ribbon county, supported by Clive Grunshaw, Lancashires Police and Crime Commissioner.
If you need help:
- 999 – Police in the event of an emergency
- 01253 347119 Safenet Domestic Abuse Service
- 01253 596699 FCWA helpline
- 0808 2000 247 Women’s Aid National Domestic Violence helpline
- Lancashire Victim Services 0300 323 0085, lancashirevictimservices.org
More about the Tableaux at Blackpool North Shore
You can find these huge displays between the archway at Red Bank Road at Bispham and the Cliffs.
In summer each year the huge poles which support them are first erected. Then the big panels, lamps, projectors and controls are assembled in time for Switch On night.
Walking along the tableax at Blackpool North Shore is one of life’s simple pleasures, and a lovely memory to make. Get wrapped up and join hundreds of other people and soak up the family friendly atmosphere on the seafront.
Alice in Wonderland Tableau
The original and very popular Alice Illumination (below) was one of the Tableaux at Blackpool North Shore. It was badly damaged in storms in 2010.
The new Alice’s Garden tableau was co-designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and the in-house design team. It originally came back to the display in 2014 with thanks to sponsorship from Houndshill Shopping Centre.
It draws on the story of Alice in Wonderland and, in particular, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. You can see how it’s all brighter and more modern than the old version – fit for today’s Illuminations display. This tableau is a massive 100ft display. During the Houndshill sponsorship period it featured a magical water garden and an 8ft bridge.
Take a look at these photos of it, lit up at night and in daylight – (click/swipe from left/right)
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