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Durham City Festival Christmas Market, Palace Green


During November members of the public are invited to help create a temporary light display in memory of their loved ones.

The light display is an opportunity for families and friends to write a message of remembrance on a light and place it alongside others in a unique display. The creation will grow over time as more people join in to remember someone special.

Each light is designed to represent a candle and will gently twinkle creating a poignant display. The display will be exhibited in different locations around Durham City Centre. Kay Carrick, Senior Donor Development Fundraiser, said: “This sparkling light display will give members of the public an opportunity to come together and collectively remember a loved one. Uniting with others can be very empowering when it is easy to feel alone in your grief. Involving the community in this project signifies an inclusivity in how we are all affected by bereavement and all have a need to remember those we have lost.”

You can take part at the following locations:

• Full Moon Market, Durham Marketplace, Friday 16th November 5pm-8pm

• Durham City Festival Christmas Market, Palace Green, Thursday 29th November 3pm-7pm

• Durham Christmas Light Switch On, Market Place, Friday 30th November 4.30pm-7.30pm

• The Riverwalk, Thursday 22nd November 4pm - 7pm

A final display will take place at the annual Light up a Life remembrance service at Durham Cathedral.  A Special thanks to Edinburgh Napier University, Euan Winton and Dr Diane Willis for their support with this project. Thanks also to Thorn Lighting, Interserve and County Durham Community Foundation.


For more information about the light display or the Light Up a Life service please contact Kay Carrick on 0191 374 6175 or email

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