Three civic buildings in Sefton were sensationally lit up as the Nightingale’s Song dazzled residents and visitors as part of Sefton’s Borough of Culture year.
Waterloo Town Hall was the setting for the first instalment of the light show brought by Illuminos on March 13 followed by Bootle Town Hall the following day (March 14). The Atkinson, Southport hosted the final show of a trilogy on Sunday (March 15) that portrayed the history of the borough through a spectacular light display on the civic buildings.
Before the main shows, crowds witnessed the buildings being lit up through the ‘Words of Wisdom’ project by Formby based Windmills Foundation.
Their ‘Words of Wisdom’ project is all about engaging with primary schools in the borough in cultural and social activities while linking them to isolated elderly residents in Sefton and has received Borough of Culture funding. Waterloo Primary School, Bedford Road Primary School in Bootle and Linaker Primary School in Southport all took part in the project early this year.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s main Borough of Culture sponsor, said:
“The three displays were certainly wow moments and every civic building used looked sensational.
“Hundreds upon hundreds of people turned out each night to witness an amazing trilogy of light shows that depicted Sefton’s rich and cultural history.
“Considering the current national circumstances, a big thanks goes to everyone who made the effort to attend any of the shows, they were not let down.
“We will aim to bring this event back to Sefton in the future to enable more of our residents to enjoy this spectacular show – however, we will do this at the right time.
“We are also reviewing the Borough of Culture programme and the proposals of our communities and partners given current circumstances and will provide updates in due course.”
The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis. Sefton has the prestigious honour for 2020.
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