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Switch On has been an event in it's own right since Lord Derby first flicked them on in 1934 and always attracted a huge crowd - whether it's been carried out by Royalty, a sports personality, the famous face of the day, or even a racehorse when Red Rum did the deed in 1977.
Each year, the Switch On of Blackpool's world famous illuminations heralds the start of the busiest season of the year.
In years gone by the famous Switch On switch was part of the ceremony which took place in front of the Town Hall near North Pier.
Later, as the event grew, it moved to Central Car Park, and now enjoys a new venue on the impressive Tower Festival Headland on the Comedy Carpet.
Setting the stage up on Tower Festival Headland for the first time for Sir Elton John to perform, in 2012 when the Lights were turned on by Olympic Athletes
How many of these names from the past can you remember?And how many have you seen turn on Blackpool Illuminations?
1934 - Lord Derby1935 - Audrey Mossom (Railway Queen of Great Britain)1936 - Sir Josiah Stamp1937 - Prince George, Duke of Kent1938 - Councillor Mrs Quayle1939-48 Cancelled due to World War II1949 - Anna Neagle1950 - Wilfred Pickles1951 - Stanley Matthews1952 - Valerie Hobson1953 - George Formby1954 - Gilbert Harding1955 - Jacob Malik (Soviet Ambassador)1956 - Reginald Dixon1957 - John H. Whitney (American Ambassador)1958 - AE "Matty" Matthews1959 - Jayne Mansfield1960 - Janet Munro1961 - Violet Carson1962 - Shirley Anne Field1963 - Cliff Michelmore1964 - Gracie Fields1965 - David Tomlinson1966 - Ken Dodd1967 - Horace King1968 - Matt Busby1969 - Canberra Bomber1970 - Tony Blackburn1971 - The cast of Dad's Army1972 - Danny La Rue1973 - Gordon Banks1974 - Wendy Craig1975 - Cast of Doctor Who: Tom Baker (in costume as The Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen and Ian Marter1976 - Carol Jean Grant (Miss United Kingdom)1977 - Red Rum1978 - Terry Wogan1979 - Kermit the Frog and The Muppets1980 - Cannon and Ball1981 - Earl & Countess Spencer1982 - Rear Admiral Sandy Woodward1983 - Cast of Coronation Street, switched on by Doris Speed (Annie Walker)1984 - Johannes Rau (Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia) and David Waddington,(Minister of State, the Home Office)1985 - Joanna Lumley, BBC Children in Need, and Audrey Mossom (50 year anniversary)1986 - Les Dawson1987 - Frank Bough, Anne Gregg and Kathy Tayler, all from the BBC's Holiday programme1988 - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman1989 - Frank Bruno1990 - Julie Goodyear and Roy Barraclough1991 - Derek Jameson and Judith Chalmers1992 - Lisa Stansfield1993 - Status Quo1994 - Shirley Bassey1995 - Bee Gees1996 - Eternal1997 - Michael Ball1998 - Chris de Burgh1999 - Gary Barlow2000 - Westlife2001 - Steps2002 - Ronan Keating2003 - Blue2004 - Geri Halliwell2005 - Chris Evans2006 - Dale Winton2007 - David Tennant2008 - The Stig with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond from BBC Top Gear2009 - Alan Carr2010 - Robbie Williams2011 - Keith Lemon2012 - Six of Team GB's London 2012 medalists. (Beth Tweddle, Greg Rutherford, Karina Bryant, Luke Campbell, Max Whitlock and Sophie Hosking)2013 - Jonathan Ross2014 - Peter Kay2015 - Tim Burton
Wind breaks in place, prior to the Tower Festival Headland being used for Switch On night!
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