The world-famous lights were switched off this morning so that major redevelopment works of the globally recognised advertising space can start. The occasion was marked by a montage of historic footage of the lights throughout the years and a glorious countdown before the six massive advertising screens went black at 8.30 this morning.
Don’t worry, though – a brand-new, state-of-the-art extravaganza will be unveiled to starry-eyed Londoners and tourists in the autumn of 2017, so you’ll just have to wait a bit before you start snapping those mighty fine selfies again.
The current small screens will be replaced by a single giant one that will show live video streams, weather and sports results (yay!) and even real-time social media feeds.
The lights haven’t been switched off since the death of Princess Diana back in 1997. The only other times the lights went out were during WWII and for Winston Churchill’s funeral.