Tower could be ‘beacon of light’

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BURY St Edmunds’ iconic cathedral tower could become a ‘beacon of light’.

Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Very Rev Frances Ward, revealed at last week’s service for Prince Charles’ visit that plans to light up the building’s tower were in the pipeline.

The 150ft Gothic lantern tower, which has been an integral part of the town’s skyline since it was completed in 2005, would be ‘a real beacon of light’, according to the Dean.

Sarah Friswell, cathedral spokeswoman, said they had received feedback from the public during the tower’s construction – when lighting was in place – that suggested it would be a popular sight.

“There’s always been a hope that the tower would be lit, but since more work has been carried out it’s been on hold,” she said.

“Now it’s something that we are seriously looking at again but we haven’t made any decision yet.”

Mrs Friswell said they would be looking at the possibility of lighting the tower over the coming months.

The nearby Norman Tower is already lit up at night.

Lighting up the tower would be ‘the crowning glory’ of the millenium project, said the Dean at last week’s service.

Work on the vaulted ceiling has already received a prestigious architectural award.

Building of the tower was made possible after architect Stephen Dykes-Bower left £2 million to the Millenium Tower project in his will.

Work began in 2001, with Prince Charles laying the first brick.