Monday, 28 November 2011

Lancaster lights up for Christmas

The old town hall building, home to the City Museum and King's Own Regimental Museum was illuminated and the city centre's Christmas tree and festive lights were switched on last week. Photo courtesy Lancaster City Council

Lancaster’s old town hall in Market Square will be shining bright in time for Christmas following the switch on of its new lights at this year's launch of late night shopping last Thursday.

At dusk each evening, three of the new building lights will shine down over the face of the building and can be programmed to produce various colours and effects. For the majority of the time this illumination will be white but colours will be used to mark particular dates and events throughout the year including Christmas.

The new lighting is part of the Lancaster Square Routes initiative to help rejuvenate the historic city centre of Lancaster by investing in high quality streets and spaces to strengthen the city’s position as a quality destination for residents and visitors.

The first phase of works to the square itself is taking a break for the Christmas trading period and will start again and be completed in the New Year.

To date, new surfacing is partly in place at the eastern end and the fountain has been removed with a temporary surface in the footprint of the proposed platform area. Repairs have also been undertaken to the stonework of the old town hall.

Re-surfacing of the western end of Market Square will take place in the new year together with improved street lighting.  A second phase of works to deliver the platform area and further improvements is subject to funding.

• For more information on Market Square and Lancaster Square Routes please visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/squareroutes 

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