'It won't help': businesses take dim view of Blackpool's illuminations plan

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Tourist town’s hope to stem lockdown losses by extending famous lights display to January met with pessimism

As an unforgiving wind threatened to blow away beachballs and tubs of candyfloss strung to shopfronts, tourists trudged along Blackpool’s seafront promenade on Thursday lunchtime.

Although the peak of the tourist season – heavily bolstered this summer by travel-anxious Britons choosing to holiday in the UK – has passed, the council is hoping to stop it from petering out completely by extending the town’s famous illuminations by two months.

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