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Horsham based businesses have backed a month-long light and projections spectacular to mark the finale of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.

Horsham based businesses have backed a month-long light and projections spectacular to mark the finale of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.

Light Up Horsham is due to take place from Saturday 30 November until Tuesday 31 December where a 10-minute projected show will be focused on the front of Bill's Restaurant, the Old Town Hall, in the Market Square of Horsham Town Centre.

The show will take place every 15 minutes from 4pm until 8pm throughout December and will be a celebration of the Year of Culture, with a huge dose of festive cheer sprinkled on top.

The content will be created by RMV Productions, an award-winning creative agency based in Horsham, with a huge amount of project support coming from Creative Technology, a world leading Crawley based business.

Wakefields Jewellers based in West Street in the town has come on board as headline sponsor of the event. The jewellers are working with RMV to create bespoke projection content which will appear within the ten-minute show.

Melanie and Dominic Wakefield, joint owners of the jewellery store, which has been in the town since 1911, said:

“We are both absolutely thrilled to be the headline sponsor for Light Up Horsham. We’re excited to be supporting such a creative new venture, that we hope the entire community will enjoy. We truly think it’s going to give Horsham Town Centre a real festive buzz this Christmas!”

Five further businesses are supporting the event as show sponsors: Impact Specialist Finance, The Horsham Cellar, Barratt Homes, Doodie Stark and The Café at No.4 and The Giggling Squid.

Dale Jannells from Impact Specialist Finance, based in the Carfax, said, ‘We’re thrilled as a long-term Horsham business to be involved with Light Up and what it will bring to the local community.  It’s always good to be involved in something new to the town and I look forward to seeing the finished display and watching the excitement and festivities it will bring to all.’

Liz Jefferson, whose clothes boutique, Doodie Stark, sits within Market Square, said: ‘There are so many exciting projects and developments currently happening in Horsham town centre and we are incredibly, proud and excited to be a supporting this spectacularly creative event.’

Yvonne Laing, the manager of the Café at No.42, a recently renovated café also within Market Square, said, ‘I am greatly looking forward to the event – it is a wonderful way to celebrate December and the end of the Year of Culture.  Being a sponsor is an important way for us to support the town’s community, which we’ve greatly enjoyed being part of it since we opened in June.’

Alannah France, Marketing Manager at Barratt Homes said:

‘At Barratt Homes we are delighted to support Light Up Horsham which will be a brilliant event for the local community. Wherever we are building our new homes, we are always keen to support existing events to help the local economy.’

Luke Smith from The Horsham Cellar, based in the Carfax, said:

“Light Up Horsham promises to be a spectacular event, and what better news than it being free to attend and on every evening in December. I’m delighted to be involved with this event as it will be a great experience, providing another good reason for folk to come into the town.

“We will be putting on some interesting wine and spirit experiences throughout December at The Horsham Cellar to match, right around the corner from Bill’s, at 51 Carfax!

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture Cllr Jonathan Chowen said:

“I am delighted that so many local businesses from the high streets of Horsham and beyond have stepped up to support us through their generous sponsorship of this unique and exciting project for the town centre.

“Light Up Horsham will be a real stand out event for the town and will act as a magnet for people to come and visit Horsham and all it has to offer. It will also be a real boost to local retailers at this crucial time of year when they are facing such challenging times.

“It is something completely different for everyone to enjoy and a very fitting finale to round off the incredible Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, bringing the arts, heritage and local businesses together.”

Follow all the latest updates and behind the scene creativity for Light Up Horsham by following @HDculture2019 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, don’t forget to use #LightUpHorsham to get involved.

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By Gavin Hewins | Oct. 4, 2019, 3:45 p.m.