Resort Ambassadors set to show the way
“Welcome to Blackpool!”
That will be the message from the town’s new Resort Ambassadors as they show visitors the way around Blackpool’s new £2.4m LightPool project.
The team, appointed thanks to a £2m grant towards LightPool from the Coastal Communities Fund, will help direct people to the stunning new exhibits that are coming to the town centre including the amazing new digital mapping display, a series of exciting outdoor shows and a stunning set of exhibitions.
However, they will also play an important role outside Illuminations season, welcoming people to town, engaging with and offering help and advice to people, providing travel and tourism tips and acting as positive role models to young people.
The team are led by co-ordinators Louie Butcher and Ian Jackson and will be recognisable by their smart white shirts, dark blue gilets or jackets and pink neck ties.
Louie, said: “It’s a hugely exciting project that all the Resort Ambassadors are delighted to be a part of.
“We’re a bunch of people from a variety of different backgrounds but with one thing in common – we all love Blackpool!.”
And Ian added: “We want to be the friendly, welcoming faces that people see when they come to Blackpool.
“The LightPool illuminations project is incredibly exciting and we’re looking forward to getting started.”
Thanks to the £2m cash injection from the Coastal Communities Fund and a further investment of around £420,000 from Blackpool Council and LeftCoast, 2015 will be the start of a huge change in how the world famous Blackpool Illuminations display looks through the new Lightpool project.
Lightpool will revolutionise the Illuminations using new creative content, with the most exciting and noticeable change being the introduction of projection mapping technology.
As well as the incredible display along the six mile stretch of Promenade, a stunning projection show will adorn The Blackpool Tower buildings.
The specially created 3D film will offer something totally different and truly spectacular.
A preview of what Blackpool’s new projection contractors, WarPro and The Projection Studio, may be able to do on the front of Blackpool Tower is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUE5A0eHtAs.
On top of that, there will also be a whole host of interactive and exciting events that will accompany the display with LeftCoast, the Grundy Art Gallery and others playing a key role.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We’ve got a huge range of new features for this year, as well as returning favourites and community sections and, of course, our new Lightpool project.
“Blackpool Illuminations 2015 is going to be a fantastic year and, with the introduction of the Lightpool project, heralding a new era.”
The full display, put together by creative curator, Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and Blackpool Council’s in-house illuminations team runs from September 4 until November 8.