The Friends of Blackpool Illuminations annual Banquet and Ball

The Friends of Blackpool Illuminations organise various events, and the annual Banquet and Ball is the one that starts the season in early Spring.

Annual Black Tie Banquet and Ball

Viva Blackpool – Friday 31 March 2017

Banquet and Ball 2017
Banquet and Ball 2017

The banquet and Ball is a fundraising event. The Illuminations department has a long tradition of independently fundraising to support the show. Everything that is raised goes directly towards improving the show each year.

In recent years Blackpool Combined Association has worked in partnership with the Friends of the Illuminations. They have raised in excess of £50,000 towards the running of the Illuminations through various initiatives.

Every year around four million people come to visit the World famous Blackpool Illuminations show, providing a £230million plus boost to the local economy.

The vast majority of the money required to pay for the illuminations is still paid for from Blackpool Councils coffers, but as everyone is aware, Council funding is incredibly restricted these days.

The Annual Black Tie Banquet and Ball

The event is held at different venues. In 2017 it was held at Viva Blackpool on Friday 31 March 2017.

Every penny raised on the night goes towards the running of Blackpool Illuminations and helps keep the lights shining brightly.

If you would like information about next year’s event please contact Geraldine Rowberry on Or call 01253 476406 (and please say that you saw it here)

Details for Banquet and Ball

The Black Tie* event follows the same kind of format most years. It starts with a reception at 6.15pm followed by Dinner at 7.15pm.

After the speeches there is entertainment then a raffle you’ll finish the evening with a disco and dancing for all tastes until midnight.


Please support the Blackpool Illuminations and help keep the lights shining bright!

* or dark lounge suit


Sponsors Wanted

This event is a good opportunity for business advertising. Sponsors of all kinds are welcomed, along with donations of raffle prizes. In return you will be promoted in the menu booklet and in newsletters that go to most accommodation providers.

If you would like to help by providing a raffle prize please get in touch. Contact the Illuminations Dept on 01253 476406.

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