Bbc news uk| Blackpool Illuminations: Lighting will be turned on by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

After comedian Johnny Vegas had to cancel his participation in the switch-on ceremony, designer and television personality Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen stepped in to handle the task of turning on Blackpool Illuminations.

On Friday, the lead singer of the band Changing Rooms will flip the switch at the conclusion of a performance there.

He gushed about being "thrilled" to turn on the well-known lights.

Vegas was forced to withdraw from the event, according to the organizers, "due to unforeseen personal issues."

The illuminations were also designed by Llewelyn-Bowen, who claimed that they symbolized "something truly wonderful in the hearts of the British people."

He continued, "I am delighted to be able to flip that renowned switch in the majestic Tower Ballroom.

A concert including Blue, Tom Grennan, Mae Muller, Fuse ODG, and Nina Nesbitt will take place before his entrance.

The program will be aired live to a worldwide audience on the websites of the town's tourism organization, VisitBlackpool, and the broadcaster MTV.

Lynn Williams, the head of Blackpool Council, referred to Llewelyn-Bowen as "one of our finest ambassadors."

It seems appropriate that he should be turning the light on after thoroughly redesigning the Golden Mile, she continued.

Since the Victorian era, the illuminations have been a staple of the town's fall and winter celebrations. This year, they have been extended by two months.

The new portion, which was funded by the government's Towns Fund, according to a VisitBlackpool spokesman, is "spellbinding, bringing tourists on a colorful and emotive journey through the nostalgic era of the 1930s." after

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