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Light Up Lancaster Provides Pre-Christmas Business Boost

A record number of crowds descended on Lancaster for the spectacular event

Lancaster's bars and restaurants were among many businesses to take advantage of the 45,000 visitors to the Light Up Light Lancaster festival.

Light up Lancaster returned to the city over the weekend, drawing in record crowds of around £45,000 people!

As fireworks danced across the city's skyline, people from far and wide were below to enjoy the 2-night spectacle, bringing a welcome boost to businesses before Christmas.

Andrew Lees from Molly's Pizzeria said: "It was really good - there were people from Burnley, Bury, Greater Manchester all talking to the Lancaster people, it's one of these things that Lancaster needs and it gave me an opportunity to tell them - this is what Lancaster is about."

The festival, which is now in its fifth year, also saw local and international artists transform the streets, gardens and the city’s heritage buildings with live performances and interactive illuminated artworks.

Assistant Manager at Ye Olde John O'Gaunt  Paul Morton told The Bay: "The town was busy, it's like the music festival as well, we know what's going to happen, we know we get an increase so we staff up!

"A lot of new people, new faces - I think Lancaster should be proud - we put a lot of stuff on that brings people to the town"

This years event, brought in partnership by Lancaster Arts City, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster BID, drew inspiration from this year’s theme of the natural world.

Rachael Wilkinson, Lancaster BID Manager said “We were delighted to be one of the core partners involved in Light Up Lancaster again this year.

"The event this year was really successful and showed an increase in footfall impressions in the city centre, compared to the same event in previous years, showing the growing success of the event.”


Anna Czerniawska, Manager at Pizza Margherita was expecting the boost in business, telling The Bay: "We were well prepared - we can tell by bookings, all the phone numbers that come through range from Barrow to even Lytham - people coming into Lancaster especially, from families, students, you name it - a good range of people coming into Lancaster"

One business, even had to turn people away they were so busy, Bella Italia Manager, Lisa Morris told us: "We just didn't have enough seats to sit everyone before the fireworks went off, normally it stops once the fireworks have hit but it didn't!

"It just continued so it was really, really good, really successful.

Councillor Darren Clifford, Cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, culture and tourism, said:  “This year’s Light Up Lancaster event was a phenomenal success and saw thousands of visitors to the city enthralled and captivated by performances of music and dance as well as amazing light projections which brought our city centre’s historic buildings and squares to life.

“The finale didn’t disappoint either as thousands of eyes turned to the sky over Lancaster Castle to watch this year’s firework spectacular.  

"Thanks go to everyone involved in making Light Up Lancaster 2017 a magnificent event.”

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