Robbie Williams was in Blackpool last night to switch on the famous illuminations. A crowd of over 15,000 assembled to watch the Take That star turn on the lights, which will shine for 66 nights until November 7.
The Stoke-On-Trent native told the audience he had fond memories of visiting Blackpool as a child. “I used to come here as a kid for New Years and all the way through the summer,” he said. “On the Pleasure Beach, up the Tower and in Jungle Jim’s.”
His American wife Ayda Field watched from the side of the stage, and cheered along with the crowd when Rob revealed Blackpool to be the perfect honeymoon destination.
“I thought it was the best place to take my wife on my honeymoon. She loves Blackpool. She has been on the Pleasure Beach, she has had some chips, she is loving it,” Robbie said. The couple married at Rob’s LA mansion on August 7.
The singer, whose latest single, Shame, is a duet with Gary Barlow, fielded questions about the song’s lovey-dovey video. “Yeah, Gary Barlow is my boyfriend,” he joked. “People are saying that the video is very gay, I cannot understand that.”
The festivities in Blackpool also included a ‘switch on’ concert with performances from Alesha Dixon, Olly Murs, Gabriella Cilmi and new boyband The Wanted. Robbie didn’t perform.