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Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Blackpool has unveiled a spectacular programme of entertainment to mark the start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Queens Platinum Jubilee

Blackpool has unveiled a spectacular programme of entertainment to mark the start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

It includes a grand parade of heritage trams along the seafront, a giant outdoor picnic and free entertainment on the Comedy Carpet, a light and laser show, and a burst of fireworks at the top of The Blackpool Tower.

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The event will take place on Thursday 2 June, the first of two bank holidays at the start of the four-day holiday weekend.

Staged in association with Blackpool Transport and the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), the parade will see around a dozen trams from the heritage fleet travel in convoy from the Pleasure Beach to Little Bispham, creating one of the largest tram parades the resort has seen.

The convoy, which sets off at 2.30pm, will pause at the Tower Festival Headland for a unique photo opportunity.

Between 3pm and 7pm, people will be able to relax at The Big Comedy Picnic, an al fresco eating out area opposite The Blackpool Tower, with free live entertainment.

Then, between 9pm and 9.45pm, there will be further entertainment before the resort joins the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons, followed by a light show and a burst of fireworks on The Blackpool Tower.

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Queen's Platinum Jubilee Tram Parade

Heritage Tram Parade

2.30pm start

The parade will see 12 trams from the heritage fleet travel in convoy from the Pleasure Beach to Little Bispham, creating one of the largest tram parades the resort has seen. The convoy, which sets off at 2.30pm, will pause at the Tower Festival Headland for a unique photo opportunity.

Although the historic trams were officially “retired” when new European-style trams were brought into service on the seafront route in 2012, a number of them were retained and thanks to an army of volunteers have been brought back into regular use. They now form one of the finest heritage fleets in the world.

The trams will be carrying hundreds of passengers with some very special guests including mascots from venues attractions including Spongebob and Peter Rabbit.

Queens Jubilee Big Comedy Picnic

The Big Comedy Picnic

3-7pm

The chart-topping singer Sonia is headlining a programme of free entertainment on Blackpool seafront as part of the resort’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The entertainment will take place on the Comedy Carpet on Thursday 2 June as Blackpool marks the first day of the extended holiday with a grand parade of heritage trams, a giant outdoor picnic, a light and laser show and a burst of fireworks from the top of The Blackpool Tower.

Sonia, who became the first female UK artist to achieve five top 20 hit singles from one album and who finished runner-up in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest, will be joined by a host of music talent including X-Factor contestants Sami Brookes and Ella Grace.

The programme will also include excerpts from some of Blackpool’s leading summer season venues including Pleasure Beach, the Tower Circus and Jersey Beats, as well as performances by home-grown talent.

Between 3pm and 7pm, people will be able to relax at The Big Comedy Picnic, an al fresco eating area opposite The Blackpool Tower, with free live entertainment hosted by Blackpool’s’ very own Hayley Kay. Feel free to buy food and drink from one of the many outlets around the headland area or bring your own picnic, enjoy the show! With face painters and live entertainment including Sonia, Sami Brookes, Langley Dance School, The Houndshill Jubilee Show, Chloe Byrnes, Blackpool Music Service Pop Idol, Ella Grace, The Jersey Beats, The Greatest Show, Angels Elite, The Pleasure Beach Park Show and Blackpool Tower Circus Legend, Mooky.

Queens Jubilee Beacon Lighting

Evening on the Comedy Carpet

9pm

During the late evening, there will be further entertainment from local DJ Paul O’Brien before the resort joins the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon lighting ceremony.

Shortly before the beacon lighting, there will be a reading of the Royal Proclamation by Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire, John Barnett MBE and a bugle fanfare delivered by Ben Parkinson from Hambleton, followed by a countdown to the beacon lighting from the top of The Blackpool Tower.

A magical lighting spectacle will be interspersed with a spectacular burst of fireworks at the top of The Blackpool Tower, followed by a Jubilee light show to round off this remarkable occasion.

Beacons will also be lit at 9.45pm from Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Blackpool & Fylde College

Blackpool is one of thousands of locations and landmarks across the UK where beacons will be lit. In true Blackpool style, it will be adding its own unique twist to the ceremony to celebrate this very special royal milestone.

The Queens Platinum Jubilee

The June 2 event is being led by Blackpool’s newly-established Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) working alongside partners including VisitBlackpool, Blackpool Transport and Blackpool Council.

Creative Director

Phil Holmes

As the country celebrates the Queens Platinum Jubilee, Blackpool’s celebrations were a memorable day.

As thousands lined the promenade from The Pleasure to North Pier to experience the unique Heritage Tram Parade, visitors were reserving their spot on the comedy carpet for the Big Comedy Picnic. Several brought picnics, chairs and tables, whilst many took advantage of the picnic benches, plastic benches and deckchairs provided free of charge.

Over 800 tickets to the 12  heritage trams were donated to local charities, organization’s, schools and a resident’s ballot. 

Images courtesy of Visit Blackpool

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