Thursday, 24 November 2011

Lancaster's Market Square gets ready to shine

Lancaster’s old town hall in Market Square - now our Museum - 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.

The event takes place this Thursday (24th November) in Market Square, Lancaster starting at 5.30pm. The old town hall building will be illuminated from dusk and the main Christmas tree and festive lights will be switched on at 7.00pm.

Three of the new building lights will shine down over the face of the building, home to the City Museum and King's Own Regimental Museum, 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.

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 planned pause 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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