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St George's Day, International Women's Day, Baby Loss Awareness Week - Stockton-on-Tees' 2019 lighting programme is revealed

25 January 2019

IT'S been used to mark everything from Remembrance Day to Stoptober - and now a full programme for Stockton-on-Tees' feature lighting has been agreed for 2019.

Image of Stockton town centre lighting programme

The Council's Cabinet has agreed a programme for the lighting around Stockton Town Hall, riverside and Newport Bridge for special occasions throughout the year.

In 2012, the Council installed coloured LED lighting on the Town Hall and the river's iconic bridges and riverbank between the Princess of Wales Bridge and the Millennium Bridge.

New lights were also installed on Newport Bridge in November 2017 in line with other lit-up landmarks like The London Eye and Gateshead's Millennium Bridge.

The permanent lighting features, which change colour and pattern, play an important role in the town's programme of popular riverside events and are also lit up to mark nationally recognised commemoration days, including those of a particular relevance and significance for the Council.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "The colourful lighting installations have been very popular and have allowed us to highlight the riverside and structures at their very best, while also showing our support for a wide range of nationally recognised causes. And photographs of our lighting have been shared far and wide.

"But more recently we have received more and more appeals to change the lighting which, unfortunately, we have found increasingly difficult to accommodate due to the sheer number of requests. It's a great problem to have in a way, but it's one we've decided we need to bring some order to otherwise the risk is that we actually diminish the impact of using the lighting.

"The new agreed programme for 2019 observes a select group of nationally recognised commemoration days, including those of a particular relevance and significance for the Borough. In addition, the Council will also consider changing the lighting in response to major events or incidents which have a profound impact on the general public."

The following programme was agreed by Cabinet Members yesterday (24 January) and will be reviewed every year.




 January 27

  Holocaust Memorial Day



  LGBT History Month


 February 4

  World Cancer Day


 February 25

  Fairtrade Fortnight


 March 1

  St David's Day


 March 8

  International Women's Day


 March 17

  St Patrick's Day


March 30

  Earth Hour (8.30pm-9.30pm)

  Switched off

 April 23

  St George's Day


 May 25

  National Dementia Awareness Week


 June 1-7

  National Volunteering Week


 June 10-16

  National Carers Week


 June 29

  Armed Forces Day and Freedom Parade


 October 1



 October 9-15

  Baby Loss Awareness Week


 October 10

  World Mental Health Day


 October 18

  Show Racism the Red Card


 November 10

  Remembrance Sunday


 November 14

  World Diabetes Day


 November 30

  St Andrew's Day


 December 1

  World Aids Day


 December 6

  Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day



Any lighting requests received in 2019 will be considered for inclusion in next year's programme.