Lights up for armistice centenary - The Evesham Observer

Lights up for armistice centenary

Evesham Editorial 1st Nov, 2018   0

A POIGNANT Evesham landmark will be lit to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War during a special service on Remembrance Sunday.

The next phase of Evesham’s permanent creative lighting trail will launch next month to commemorate the centenary of the end of the conflict.

The Lights Up! event will be held from 6pm to 7pm on Sunday, November 11 and will launch the lights at the War Memorial in Abbey Park. Guests are asked to meet at the bandstand and to bring a torch or candle.

Designed and installed by Ridge, Maynards and Architainment, the lights will shine after a short service from the Rev Andrew Spurr as well as performances from Deborah Rose, Martin Riley and children from Broadway School.

Guests will also be able to view the new, contemporary film and sound installation, The Hut of Silence afterwards which remembers Evesham’s sacrifices in the First World War, drawing upon the memories and reflections of local people.

Lights Up! is part of Wychavon District Council’s Enlighten project, a permanent lighting trail which will use high-tech modern LED lights to illuminate iconic buildings.

An exhibition will be held at Evesham Library throughout November which will showcase the community engagement work Wychavon has been doing. It will showcase collages based on the river, stained glass designs on acetate, coats of arms, a textile wall hanging, poetry and more.

Young people from The De Montfort School have also made a short animation about Evesham’s history. Entitled ‘Evesham Sham Ow Bist’, the animation explores the various elements of the town’s past.

Jenny Davis, the district council’s arts development officer, said: “It’s been a very busy few months engaging with the community on this amazing project. We are on track to launch the War Memorial lights on November 11 at the bandstand in Abbey Park as we did four years ago for the beginning of the 100 years commemoration of the First World War.”

Permission has also been granted by the church faculty and Historic England to install the new lights to the Bell Tower, including a fourth new light and these will launch on December 15 from 5.30pm.

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