The recession, at least in terms of tourism, has been counterintuitive so far as Blackpool is concerned. Business has been booming in the city as people choose domestic tourism to save money. Blackpool Council estimate there will be 12 million visits this year compared to 10 million last year.
As well as the illuminations there has has also been a advertising campaign to promote European beach Volleyball and the World Fireworks Championship. In 2011 work starts on a major redevelopment scheme called the Talbot Gateway project on a site near Blackpool North station. The £220 million scheme will involve new hotels, restaurants, shops and offices.
Will it all be enough for the Conservatives to come back for our Party Conferences?