The switch-on switch was first used in 1930s and is still in use to this day!Blackpool was the first seaside resort for the working classes in the world and it is still the most visited resort in Britain, welcoming ten million visitors a year.
The Blackpool Illuminations, as we would recognise them today, date back to 1912 and are known around the world. A visit to The Lights is very much part of the community memory of the north of England.
This switch was made in the 1930s as part of the annual 'switch-on celebrations'. The switch-on switch has been used by a whole host of stars over the years including Gracie Fields, Les Dawson, Frank Bruno, Tom Baker and even Red Rum. Probably the most glamorous guest was Jayne Mansfield in 1959, with more recent celebrities to throw the switch including Alan Carr.
The switch is still in use to this day and represents the very essence of the traditional English seaside holiday.
The switch-on switch was first used in 1930s and is still in use to this day!