The Blackpool Tower will shine purple on the evening of March 26, International Epilepsy Awareness Day, in support of the Purple Day campaign.

Aimed at raising awareness of this disorder which affects 600,000 people in the UK, the charity Epilepsy Action are on a mission to turn the UK purple for one day and night.

General Manager of The Blackpool Tower, Kate Shane, said: “We are delighted to be able to light up the iconic Blackpool Tower in purple to support this fantastic cause.”

“We get hundreds of requests each week to change the lights for various causes and events and we are really pleased that this one was already planned in our calendar and we are able to get involved.

“We’ve been green for St. Patrick’s Day, white with a red nose for Comic Relief and now purple for Epilepsy Awareness and we have plenty more planned for the rest of the year.”

Scheduled as part of The Blackpool Tower’s calendar of light displays, the Purple Day campaign has also inspired more than 100 Blackpool Tower Facebook fans to request the Tower be turned purple for this special day.

Simon Wigglesworth, deputy chief executive at Epilepsy Action, added: “It’s fantastic to see The Blackpool Tower is turning purple on Purple Day.  Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK yet it is still a misunderstood condition. That’s why we want to make even more people aware of epilepsy.  Purple Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness and we’re very grateful to everyone at The Blackpool Tower for getting involved.”

With a full calendar of community and charity events, The Blackpool Tower is set to dazzle the country with its amazing lights in a variety of colours throughout the year.

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