Churches glow in Olympic floodlight tribute

St Mary's Church, Pakenham. The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich looked around all the local churches in Suffolk with a view of lighting them all up with the colours of the Olympics. To trial it they've chosen Pakenham.
St Mary's Church, Pakenham. The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich looked around all the local churches in Suffolk with a view of lighting them all up with the colours of the Olympics. To trial it they've chosen Pakenham.
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CHURCHES across Suffolk are being invited to floodlight their buildings in Olympic colours to celebrate the forthcoming Olympic Games.

And on Monday evening, St Mary’s, in Pakenham ,glowed in the five Olympic colours when it became the first church in the county to light up as part of the Suffolk Shines project organised by Suffolk County Council and the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese.

Historic churches are being invited to apply lighting gels to existing floodlights to light the buildings in the purple, orange, yellow, green or light blue colours of the Olympics during the Olympic torch’s visit to the county in July.

Richard Bacon, St Mary’s churchwarden, said: “This is a big thing for Suffolk and it means a lot for worshippers to be able to show our support for the 2012 Olympics in this way.

Fourteen churches have already signed up to Suffolk Shines and more are invited to join.

Marian Whelham, diocese church buildings and tourism officer, said: “It’s a great opportunity for churches to raise their profile as we have one of the best medieval collection of churches anyhwhere.”

Churches can sign up to the scheme and apply for the gels by contacting Rosa Juarez at Suffolk County Council on 01473 265506.