Chichester gets set for illuminations

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Get set for a picturesque free event to mark the restoration of Chichester’s ancient city walls.

As a major three-year project to revamp the walls, which date back almost 1,800 years, draws to a close, a special lantern parade is being held tomorrow (April 14) by children from Jessie Younghusband and West Wittering primary schools.

The walls at Westgate Fields will be lit up from 7.30pm-9.30pm, using atmospheric lighting to reveal their unique architecture and history.

Throughout the evening, a specially-commissioned film about their history will be projected on to the face of the walls, with local people recalling their memories of them over the years.

Residents and visitors are also being encouraged to picnic in the Bishop’s Palace Gardens, which are surrounded by the walls. Music will be played in the gardens, to be illuminated with lanterns and special lighting.

The restoration project by the Chichester City Walls Partnership was awarded £685,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, recognising the national importance of the walls; the district council also contributed £199,000 towards the project.

The event has been rescheduled from last September when it was postponed due to bad weather.

Cllr Eileen Lintill, district cabinet member for leisure and wellbeing, said the restoration had been a major project, and it meant future generations would be able to enjoy and learn from the walls.