Suffolk churches urged to take on Olympic colours

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SUFFOLK churches are being invited to celebrate the build up to the Olympic Games by changing their floodlights to match the colours of the London 2012 logo.

In a joint project between Suffolk County Council and the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Shining Lights campaign is urging churches to change their outdoor lighting to purple, orange, yellow, green or light blue.

The aim is to maximise the benefits to Suffolk the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games will bring.

Marion Welham, Church Buildings and Tourism Officer at the Diocese 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.”

The council is now applying for an Inspire Mark which, if successful, will make Suffolk Shines an official Olympic inspired activity.

Adam Baker, Suffolk Project Manager for the London 2012 Games, said: “Suffolk Shines is an opportunity to mark this once in a lifetime moment in an unexpected and exciting way across Suffolk by creating an effect that would place Suffolk’s historic churches at the heart of things at Games time, by effectively creating a series of beacons across the county.”

Churches are being asked to have the light displays from July to September.

See more in Friday’s Bury Free Press.