Birthplace Lightshow dazzling success

By IH Friday 13 December 2013 Updated: 13/12 12:24

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THE BIRTHPLACE Lightshow has proved a dazzling success.

The six minute 3D spectacular - beamed onto Shakespeare's Birthplace four times nightly - has grabbed the attention of the nation, with The Guardian rating it one of the top Christmas lights displays in the UK. There has also been coverage on French television, and on Google there are over 3,000 hits.

And to mark the success a special Finale Evening is planned next Thursday (December 19), which will include a rock choir, sing-a-long carols, performances of Shakespeare, a stilt walker, the Shakespeare Puppies Charity, and appearances from Santa and Shakespeare.

Project spokesman Symon Powell said: "It has been a great success. We have been counting spectators each evening and around 50,000 people have already been to see one of them on Henley Street - a great result!"

"It's also getting significant media coverage across the UK and in other countries - this should bring ongoing benefits in terms of attracting visitors to our town next year."

The project was put together after securing a £30,000 grant from Warwickshire County Council's Operation Footfall fund, but many local businesses and organisations were quick to offer their support, providing their services free of charge, from advertising posters to a promotional video.

Symon said: "It has been a great example of what a local community can achieve when they get together. I thank everyone who has supported the project."

Symon added they would have a project briefing in the new year before deciding whether to run a different lightshow next Christmas.

The show can be seen nightly at 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm and 6pm until Thursday December 19.

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