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Memorial Lighting Scheme

Our memorial lighting scheme is agreed annually and runs January to December. It includes lighting of the Riverside, Newport Bridge and Town Centre lighting columns and fountain lights.

The memorial lighting scheme includes a group of nationally recognised commemoration days, including those that are relevant and significant for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

The lighting dates will normally be the only pre-set commemoration or campaign days which we align our lighting schedule with. We may agree to responsive lighting changes however, these are limited and in response to a major event or incident which has a profound impact on the general public.

2024 schedule

The following schedule was agreed by Cabinet Members for 2024.



Lighting Colour

Saturday 27 January

Holocaust Memorial Day


Thursday 1 February

LGBT+ History Month


Sunday 4 February

World Cancer Day


Sunday 3 March

National Day of Reflection


Friday 8 March

International Women's Day

White, purple and green

Saturday 23 March

Earth Hour (8.30pm-9.30pm)

Switched off

Monday 1 April

Cleveland Scouts 50th Anniversary

Blue and Yellow

Tuesday 2 April

Autism Acceptance Day


Sunday 21 April

My Way (London Marathon) Teesside Samaritans


Tuesday 23 April

St George's Day

Red and white

Monday 13 May

National Dementia Action Week


Saturday 1 June

National Volunteering Week

Red and purple

Monday 10 June

National Carers Week


Tuesday 18 June

National Drowning Prevention Week

Red, white and blue

Saturday 29 June

Armed Forces Day

Red, white and blue

Wednesday 4 September

World Sexual Health Awareness Day

Orange and blue

Monday 9 September

Fairtrade Fortnight

Blue and green

Tuesday 1 October

Stoptober (Stop Smoking Campaign)


Wednesday 9 October   

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Pink and blue

Thursday 10 October

World Mental Health Day


Sunday 28 September 

National Recovery Week


October date TBC

National Care Leavers Week


Friday 18 October

Show Racism the Red Card


Monday 11 November

Remembrance Day


Thursday 14 November

World Diabetes Day


Monday 25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women



Memorial lighting requests

We will consider lighting requests from members of the public, community groups and charities for the following year's programme. Due to the number of requests received we cannot guarantee that requests will be approved.

Make a memorial lighting request

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