Four thousand turn out for light spectacular

Four thousand turn out for light spectacular
Sound Intervention's 'Light Bikes' project onto Santa's grotto  

MORE than four thousand people flocked to Heckmondwike on Saturday to see the town transform into a magical world of light and wonder. 

HeckmondLIGHT returned for its seventh annual event with a giant flaming momentum wheel, AstroAliens, hands-on workshops and performances from the Firm Band Baja.   

With digital projections, gas-powered kinetic sculptures and electrical displays, the event celebrates the heritage of the town’s illuminations while showcasing artistic innovations and light displays. 

Organisers Heckmondwike Community Alliance partnered with Creative Scene to add new attractions for 2019. 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, two glittering aliens delighted families in Green Park with their moon-walk dancing and light-up costumes. 

The town also became a canvas for Sound Intervention’s ‘Light Bikes’, who illuminated the event with digital projections throughout the evening. Families visited Santa and his Elf in the light-up big top and joined in as they brought seasonal tales to life. 

Simon Thirkill, community producer of HeckmondLIGHT, said: “I am overwhelmed at the number of families that braved the great British weather on Saturday. 

“HeckmondLIGHT is a passion project not just for me, but for the team of volunteers, residents and Heckmondwike Community Alliance members who ensure the event keeps lighting up our town.” 

Vicky Holliday, senior producer at Creative Scene, said: “It was great to welcome so many families this year to help them kick off their festive season in style. 

“It’s always a pleasure to support organisers in bringing Heckmondwike’s illumination tradition right up-to-date.”

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