Churches urged to light up for 2012
15th November 2011
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Suffolk Shines is part of Suffolk County Council’s campaign to ensure Suffolk maximizes the opportunities presented by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In a joint project with the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Suffolk Shines will enable churches with existing floodlights to apply lighting ‘gels’ that will change the colour of their buildings at night into the London 2012 colours of purple, orange, yellow, green or light blue.

The Rt Rev Nigel Stock, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, said: "The Olympic and Paralympic games are events for all the nation, and it is very good that the diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich can work with Suffolk County Council in celebrating all that they bring."

Suffolk County Council is applying for the Inspire Mark that, if successful would make Suffolk Shines an official Olympic-inspired activity.

Marion Welham, Church Buildings and Tourism Officer said: "Our magnificent historic church buildings are already prominent in the landscape and many are lit up at night.

"We now have a wonderful opportunity to temporarily change the lighting to reflect the colours of London 2012. More than one colour can be achieved if churches are feeling adventurous and no special permission is required.’

Any church buildings interested in exploring the potential of participating in this exciting project, should contact Rosa Juarez at Suffolk County Council on 01473 265506 or email; or Marion Welham, Church Buildings and Tourism Officer at the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, on 01502 578154 or mobile: 07879 634525.


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