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Skegness Lights Up
Posted By Chris on Thursday 2nd August 2007 @ 12:56 AM | Filed Under: Nearby Attractions

Skegness Lights Up

The streets of Skegness were set alight as the annual illuminations were switched on by all round entertainer, Shane Richie, on Saturday 28th July. The “enchanting display of light” will fill the streets between now and October. The display ranges across the north end of the Promenade, Clock Tower, Compass Gardens, Tower Esplande and the Boating Lake.

East Lindsay Council organised the event which featured free musical entertainment at the Clock Tower from 1930 onwards. A parade then made its way down Grande Parade comprising a number of entertainers from in and around the local area including the North East Lincolnshire Pipe Band, Redcoats and characters from Butlins, the Butlins Road Train and the Skegness Carnival Queen; Carnival Princess, Rosebud Princess and the Jolly Fisherman (resort mascot).

Shane Richie, most famous for his award winning role as Alfie Moon in Eastenders, flicked the switch at 2145 on Saturday evening. As the streets were illuminated, the crowd were left to watch as fireworks graced the sky above. Coronation Street actors, Antony Cotton, Bruce Jones and Sam Aston have switched the lights on in Skegness in previous years.

In related news, Mabelthorpe’s illuminations and The Star of the East were switched on by Coronation Street Actress and Soapstar Superstar contestant, Tupele Dorgu. Addressing the crowd, Tupele said; "I'd never heard of Mablethorpe until now but from what I have seen there is a real sense of community here. The children I've met are fantastic and I am amazed at the amount of people who turned out tonight." As the star admired the beach from the platform, Tupele said "I don't live anywhere near a beach – you are all very lucky."

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