Iconic monument lit up in a range of colours 

17 March 2016 8:31PM

WEARY travellers may have rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they returned home on Wednesday night.

Anyone travelling down the A590 will have grown accustomed to the welcoming sight of the Sir John Barrow monument, but for one night this week there was something unusual about its appearance.

In an attempt to showcase the iconic monument, colourful new lighting was tested out displaying it in a range of colours. 

The tests were carried out by LED specialists Marl International from Ulverston.

The idea to change its night-time appearance came about when Ulverston Town Council were exploring ways to showcase the monument and asked Marl International for their expert advice. 

The lights that were tested out on Wednesday can be changed from a computer keyboard. 

The innovative technology trialled at the Sir John Barrow monument is similar to that used for a high-profile project to install feature LED lighting at The Alnwick Garden, one of the UK's top visitor attractions adjoining Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.

Adrian Rawlinson, managing director of Marl International, said: "Marl has a committed and highly skilled workforce in Ulverston which can design and manufacture new LED lighting products entirely in-house. It is a proud moment for the whole company to see our products used on such an iconic local landmark."

Ulverston Town Council clerk, Jayne Kendall, said there had been a "fantastic response" from people on social media.

She said: "The new technology may enable us to change lighting colours for special occasions or to meet requests.

“There was a fantastic response to the tests on social media and the overall verdict is hugely positive. To undertake the work the town council will need to seek extra funding or sponsorship, but it is vital that such a wonderful landmark is quite literally shown in the very best light."

Now the testing has been done and the reaction has been positive, the costs will be assessed and the town council will look at different ways to help fund the project. 

The monument will re-open to the public at Easter from 1pm until 5pm on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

On bank holiday weekends opening times extend to Saturday and Monday.

For the rest of the year until October, the monument opens on Sundays only from 1pm until 5pm.

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