Tim Burton has been given the honour of turning on this year’s Blackpool Illuminations.
According to BBC News, the kooky Hollywood director has been a long-time fan of the seaside town and will be switching on the famous light display next month.
Speaking of Burton’s involvement in this year’s proceedings, Blackpool Councillor Gillian Campbell said: “Having one of the most famous film directors in the world turn on the Blackpool Illuminations is a major coup and shows the high regard the town is held in the hearts of our famous visitors.We know he is a huge fan of Blackpool and we are delighted that he has agreed to switch the Illuminations on for us on the biggest night of Blackpool’s year. This is gearing up to be one of the best switch-on events we have ever had.”
The event, which is set to take place on 4th September, will also see the likes of Only The Young, Lawson, Jedward, Professor Green and The Vamps performing in a glitzy music concert. For more information about tickets and festivities, visit the website.
In the meantime, Burton – who is best known for directing movies such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Alice in Wonderland – is in the process of filming his latest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Starring Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson and Dame Judi Dench, the film is set to be released in March, next year.
Watch the trailer for Burton’s last film, Big Eyes, below.