Preston’s Cenotaph to be lit up for memorial light show

Posted on - 18th November, 2013 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston
One of the displays projected onto the side of the Harris

One of the displays projected onto the side of the Harris

Preston’s newly refurbished Cenotaph is going to be lit up for one night only.


From 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Saturday 23 November the Flag Market will see images projected onto the memorial.

Put together by Andy McKeown, who lit up the Harris Museum during the Harris Flights, the projections will include names and images from the Roll of Honour.

A spokesperson for Preston City Council said: “Preston Remembers has commissioned international artist Andy McKeown to create a new work that will highlight the beautiful restoration work that has taken place, and make the connection between the structure and the men it was originally built to remember.

“The work will draw from the collections of the Harris Museum and Lancashire Infantry Museum, highlighting some of the stories and faces of the men who lost their lives in World War 1.”

Preston's Cenotaph has been undergoing a facelift

Preston’s Cenotaph has been undergoing a facelift

The light show is funded by Arts Council England as part of the Preston Remembers project, which has included restoring the Cenotaph – costing £835,600.

Councillor Tom Burns, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “This event is the first of many for the Preston Remembers project, and it is only fitting that the newly restored Cenotaph is the backdrop for this thought provoking light show.

“I saw Andy McKeown’s work in the summer at the Harris Flights and was very impressed. I expect more of the same for this light work, so come along and view the collections as you’ve never seen them before.”

Curator of History at the Harris, Emma Heslewood said: “This project was inspired by the original role of honour forms and makes the connection between these and the Cenotaph. The work gives us the opportunity to highlight some of the personal stories behind the names. I hope that everyone who sees it will think about the sacrifice that Preston men made in the First World War.”

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