If like me you don’t actually like crowds, deep rooted fear of falling over, being pushed, walking stick kicked from under me. Then you’ll understand how scary this is. But we did it!!
What did we do…. It all started with a competition on Facebook, to see #BlackpoolLightsSwitchOn I casually shared and commented on their page and a week later I got an email saying I’d won 3 tickets to the big switch on.
Brilliant!! Exciting and nerve wrecking, especially when you hear it attracts 20,000 people. Come again…. How many?? Oh god, what will I do. Well nowt for it, but grin and bear it and make the most of it all, as it’s a chance in a lifetime. And there’s fireworks too. I’m sold.
We arrived at 3pm so just time to shop at primark and hunt down a spoons (wetherspoons) for early tea. We had until 7pm to get into the arena.
We sat outside and had a wonderful view of the tower, sun was glorious, food totally delicious even though it wracked up too 1,544 cals!! And the pink gin was refreshing.
Now to see the queues, eek!! Will we get a good spot??
Thankfully not our queue!! Green bands queue was tiny at 6.30pm so soon strolled in, while #Hrvy was singing.
Ended up winding through the people getting closer and closer, and with 2 huge screens it ended up being a decent spot.
After #Hrvy it was #R3wireAndVarski more up my street with drum n bass beats being played. The crowd thankfully loved it too, lots were bouncing and cheering, what an atmosphere!!
Sun going down made this event so magickal, the weather was perfect.
After the madness of drum n bass, it was #EllaEyre which I loved too. I was excited to see her.
Then #Diversity and #Dvj which I have no photos of, as by this point my child had stolen my phone to Snapchat on. They were electric to watch, great seeing a newer generation of them too.
#AlfieBoe came on and the countdown to the lights was on…. He only sang one song though, and while speaking I was disheartened that the crowd were too loud to actually hear him.
Fireworks lasted about 2mins which was a disappointment admittedly. But the lights were twinkling and I’m feeling incredibly lucky to be here. Last up it’s #JonasBlue which I honestly though was going to be my worse, but in no way was it. Full of well known clubbing tunes. Meant to end at 10pm but we partied on until 10.30pm.
I envisioned chaos getting out, but none of that happened, it was well organised and getting out was simple and done in a few mins.
Hip hated every second of this, but I’m at a point where I don’t care. I took tramadol to combat it, though I don’t remember it ever working really. Just shifted my focus instead. Walking was a very very painful experience, and getting home my ankles looked like this
Super swollen, and painful. But I can rest now for days and recover. Hip is obviously worse, sharp groin knife like pains, but I hope it will all be a distant memory soon.
I’m so glad I dealt with my anxiety and stepped so far out of my comfort zone, because this was an incredible day, one I’d definitely do again!!