Blackpool has released some of the details behind its illumination switch-on for this year. The seaside town is gearing up for the event on 2 September, which will include live acts (last year included Olly Murs, Alesha Dixon and The Wanted) and unveil several new and renovated features following damage during storms last year. Restorations include the Hickory Dickory Dock, Noddy and Pirate tableaus, which were damaged during 95mph winds at the end of the lights season on 10 November. “Because the storms hit when they did, we hadn’t really even begun to take the features down and store them ready for next year and many of our significant and cherished features were destroyed,” said Richard Ryans, head of illuminations. As a result there are several new displays this year, several of which have been designed by Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen, who has worked with the team for three years. New features include white formations made to look like jewellery, a tunnel of lights known as the Brilliance Getaway and a new LED-based system at the top of the Blackpool Tower. Its Local Heads section will also be revamped to Famous Heads; a mechanical theatre will be built on the South Pier and each road section is to be marked by a boundary title like chapters in a book.