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Historic landmark Hedingham Castle lit up for Clap for Carers tribute

Historic landmark Hedingham Castle lit up for Clap for Carers tribute

Hedingham Castle

More local landmarks have been lit up blue as part of the national Clap for Carers, with the latest being the historic Hedingham Castle.

Hedingham Castle was lit up blue last night (Thursday 7th May) to join in the mark of respect for NHS staff, carers and other front line workers helping others in the fight against coronavirus across the district and beyond.

Over the past few weeks, landmarks such as Bocking Windmill and Braintree Town Hall could be seen lit up in colours to mark the occasion. The Council have been sharing photos and videos of the landmarks lighting up so that residents can enjoy the display from their own homes.

Councillor Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Tourism, said: “This is yet another fantastic example to show our appreciation to the heroes keeping our communities safe and well during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been great working alongside KI Sound and Light to do something special, and I know that from looking at the comments on our social media channels, that our residents really have appreciated their work.”

Demetra Lindsay, Owner of Hedingham Castle, said: “It is most fitting that Hedingham Castle turned blue to support the fantastic and selfless work the NHS is doing for us all. We are so grateful to all the key workers who are working so hard to keep us all secure and confident so we can get through this unsettling and scary time. It shows such community strength that there are those who will help their neighbours through thick and thin. The keep of Hedingham Castle has stood for 900 years, through sieges, the civil war, and the world wars. It has burnt, been abandoned, but has always been restored and bounced back. It is a symbol to us all that we will get through this and life will continue the other side.”

Hedingham Castle will also be lighting up this evening (Friday 8th May) to mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory of Europe (VE Day) and images will be shared on the Council’s social media channels for people to enjoy.