Coleman's Depository

Dreaming of a light Christmas

It’s going to be a light Christmas in Liverpool 8 with a spectacular display of illuminations using a landmark building.

Historic images of the area, interspersed with film of carol-singers, are to be projected onto the four-storey Coleman’s Fireproof Depository building, at the junction of Northumberland Street and Park Road, in a unique festive celebration.

The light show will be staged by Illuminos, who specialise in creating inventive and memorable artworks. Their recent work has included Treasured, the Titanic commemoration at Liverpool Cathedral.

For their latest work, to be staged on Saturday 15 December (5.30 – 7.30pm) they have worked with local artist Alan Murray to gather material for the show.

It will include vintage films of the area donated by local people, a look at some of the famous sons and daughters of Liverpool 8 such as Gerry Marsden, Robbie Fowler, Billy Fury, Arthur Askey and Alan Rudkin and films of children of six local primary schools singing carols.

“It is going to be a truly stunning show, ” said Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, “We are going to have the biggest outdoor cinema in the country!

“The depository is a striking building which is very well-known. It will be an ideal location for a show of this nature,

“Illuminos have earned a reputation for exciting and imaginative shows and I am sure their latest extravaganza will help make it a memorable Christmas.

“This is a great way of bringing the community together. Not only will we be celebrating Christmas, we will be celebrating Liverpool 8 and showing the pride local people have in their neighbourhood.”

The light show is the centrepiece of the free Christmas celebration which includes a grotto, food stalls and, of course, a visit by Father Christmas.

This event is one a series of initiatives will celebrate Liverpool 8 and its history while enhancing the area. They include a new heritage trail and the siting of a model of the Titanic in the area.

They have been part-funded by Tesco’s as part of the agreement for their new store in Park Road.

The Christmas event is also funded by the city council and Plus Dane.