Tuesday September 30th 2008, 9:10 am

I’ve been busy finishing off my jam making book, so my blog posting has gone amiss somewhat. Last week I went up north to celebrate my Mum’s 85th birthday and we also managed a quick visit to Blackpool to see the Illuminations.
I remembered this picture of my Dad taken sometime in the 50′s. He had just started to take photographs and was very into shooting transparencies. We have boxes full of his pictures (slides) and there are lots recording firework displays and of course The Illuminations. I suppose these long exposure images were very challenging for any amateur photographer and I can see him now, setting the timer and running into the picture just in time for the camera shutter to capture the image.
Blackpool illuminations have been lit up every year since 1879 and they are still very magical. Designers such as Laurence Llewelyn Bowen design tasteful displays now but the older-fashioned lights with multi-coloured flashing bulbs are always a winner for me. The Blackpool Illuminations are lit up every night until November 4th.

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