Spalding all lit up for ‘magic lantern’ shows

LIGHTING UP: Sophie Currell and Geoff Taylor get ready for their film shows at Chain Bridge Forge. SG041213-121TW
LIGHTING UP: Sophie Currell and Geoff Taylor get ready for their film shows at Chain Bridge Forge. SG041213-121TW
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Parts of Spalding will be lit up with “magic lantern” shows on Saturday night as West End Lights hits town.

West End Lights started in Lincoln with homes lit by lanterns or windows turned into film screens – and now light fever is taking off in Spalding.

Professional film maker Sophie Currell, from Sutton Bridge, is joining forces with Chain Bridge Forge, in High Street, Spalding, to show two film montages that will be projected onto a window at the forge – and on the wall of a nearby building.

Spalding artists Carol Parker and Amy Lee will have their own display at their Art on the High Street studio in The Crescent – and promise a big surprise as they project pictures of a figure onto buildings in town.

Carol said: “We are keeping it secret, but it will be a figure that moves.”

Sophie’s films feature blacksmithing at the forge and historical pictures of familiar buildings – there’s also a shot of Spalding Guardian photographer Tim Wilson when he visited the forge to take pictures.

Sophie said: “I have never done anything like this before. I am really thrilled to be taking part.”

Chain Bridge Forge will have its lights display from 6pm-9pm while the artists hold theirs between 7pm-9.30pm.

Carol and Amy started in a small way last year, with Carol lighting her house and Amy turning a car into a colourful fish tank, but they would like more Spalding people to join in.

Carol said: “I would like to get all of the shops involved. It would be nice to light up Spalding like they do Lincoln.”

l The forge promises a weekend of fun in collaboration with Strawberry Glass – including demonstrations of blacksmithing and stained glass making from 10am-9pm on Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday.