A Staffordshire Moorlands arts centre is being lit up in blue to show support for NHS staff, key workers and volunteers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek is being lit up in blue from the inside for the weekly appreciation round of applause – which takes place each Thursday at 8pm during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The idea was devised by Dave Swarbrook, an organiser for the Leek Blues & American Festival and part of the team that lit up the Nicholson Memorial, otherwise known as the Monument, for the centenary of the end of World War One in 2018.
Dave approached Anthony ‘Swog’ and Sean Beetham who run event lighting and sound company, Perfect Audio Solutions and Ian Smith from electrical contractors, Protech and the idea was given the go ahead by Foxlowe Arts Centre chair, Chris Thompson and the trustees in early April.
Vinyl banners, designed by Foxlowe Trustee Marc Briand and produced by Dan Allen at Leek-based Supersport, were placed on the outside of the Foxlowe – with eyelets added by Dan Williams from the Leek-based The Staffordshire Cobbler.
The entire project took just over a week to put together, mainly online due to the government restrictions.
Dave said: “It’s been a real team effort with all the work and planning performed in people’s own homes. We had one site visit which took less than an hour, to check the Foxlowe was OK, observing social distancing at all times.
“It cost around £100 donated by myself and friends and shows what can be done in a short space of time with a willing bunch of volunteers.”
The Foxlowe will be lit up between 8.30pm and 11.30pm every Thursday night while the current lockdown remains in place in the UK.
The Arts Centre itself closed due to the pandemic on March 17.
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