Suffolk Shines

14 May 2012

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Trial lighting at St Mary's Church, Pakenham.Trial lighting at St Mary's Church, Pakenham.

The Suffolk Shines project will illuminate buildings of historic and archaeological interest to celebrate Suffolk’s rich culture. The buildings will be illuminated to reflect the Olympic colours from the day the torch arrives in Suffolk on the 5th July, through to the closing of the Paralympic Games on the 9th September.

While Suffolk Shines animates historic churches across the county, it will honour and share the Olympic and Paralympic values. It will embody excellence, inspiration and respect by showcasing the best of Suffolk’s architectural, cultural and historical heritage. It will reflect friendship, equality, determination and courage by raising the profile of historic churches, engaging new audiences and enabling local communities to celebrate the Games.

Suffolk Shines has been awarded an Inspire Mark, recognising it as an official Olympics-inspired project. This will allow communities across Suffolk to connect with London 2012 in a special way that will help historic churches mark the arrival of the Olympic Flame in their localities. The project will also contribute towards Suffolk’s ambition to create a positive legacy beyond the Games.

Suffolk Shines will encourage broad participation across Suffolk in a wider cultural celebration of the London 2012 Games. It will showcase the best of Suffolk’s heritage to the world by animating historic churches in Suffolk’s communities.

Suffolk Shines is being led by Suffolk County Council in conjunction with the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and with support from The Churches Conservation Trust.


Post by Rosa Juarez, Suffolk County Council.

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