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Bright idea saves authority £68k
9:39am Friday 5th October 2012 in News
A CULTURAL link-up between York and Blackpool has saved the city £68,000.
The agreement between City of York Council and Blackpool Council will see the Lancashire seaside resort’s lighting stock, and the expertise of those who regularly use it, loaned to their North Yorkshire counterparts for the Illuminating York 2012 festival.
It will be used to help create the Vic Reeves Wonderland display, with the comedian being the creative driving force behind the Museum Gardens project which runs from October 31 to November 3.
The equipment borrowed from Blackpool includes four kilometres of “festoon lighting” to decorate stalls and walkways, specialist projectors, lighting for trees and plants and fluorescent fittings.
The York authority said the collaboration has allowed it to use equipment which could not have been borrowed from elsewhere and would have cost at least £68,000 to be made specially for the city.
Vic Reeves Wonderland will involve transforming the Museum Gardens into a “magical kingdom” inspired by works including the Alice In Wonderland books, with York-based Bright White Ltd, Chetwoods architects and lighting designers ARUP working with the comedian.
It will run alongside a city-wide programme of lighting displays and performances, with full details at illuminatingyork.org.uk
Coun Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Sharing ideas and experience should be at the heart of local authority ambitions.”
Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “We’re delighted we have been able to help with the famous Illuminating York festival and are delighted to be working with City of York Council - a lot of councils do similar jobs but under different circumstances, so it makes sense we work together to get the best results.”
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