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North-East given the opportunity to bid a fond farewell to the ‘Light the North’ Lighthouse Trail

TICKET sales have gone live this week for the ‘Light the North’ Lighthouse Trail ‘Farewell Weekend’.

The 3-day event will be held at the Gordon Barracks on Ellon Road in Bridge of Don on 29/30 and 31st October. It will give trail adventurers and those unable to get around all 50 sculptures the last opportunity to view all the lighthouses together, as well as 90 little lighthouses painted by schools, community groups and artists. Following the ‘Farewell Weekend,’ the sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for Clan Cancer Support.

Fiona Fernie, Clan’s Head of Income Generation and Business Development and Project Director for Light the North, said:

“We can’t quite believe we are almost at the end of the ‘Light the North’ trail which culminates in our ‘Farewell Weekend’ and then our auction. The North-East have taken the trail to their hearts and been so involved in visiting all 50 lighthouses across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. These lighthouses, designed and painted by professional, emerging and as yet undiscovered artists, have shone their lights across the North-East for 10 weeks, encouraging people to explore and discover the region like never before.”

“Our North-east adventurers have shared their personal stories and photographs, which has been a joy to see. The ‘Farewell Weekend’ is a special event which makes it accessible for those who may not have had the opportunity to visit all the sculptures and gives them one last chance to be able to tick them off their list when they visit – whether that’s via the Lighthouse Trail app or in their sticker book. Each visitor will have a 90-minute slot to visit, take selfies and collect their final lighthouses.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank the amazing team at Wild in Art for partnering with us on the trail, the talented artists who created these bespoke and poignant sculptures and to our sponsors for their generosity and making this all possible. Last but not least to the people of the North-East – individuals, couples, families, businesses, schools and not forgetting the pets who have got out there, visited the trail and made a real difference. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the ‘Farewell Weekend’ for the sculptures’ final send-off.”

Charlie Langhorne, Co-founder and Managing Director, of Wild in Art, said:

“Events like ‘Light the North’ can’t happen without the dedication of the local charities we partner with and certainly not forgetting the artists who create these wonderful pieces of art as well as the generous sponsors. The success of this trail is testimony to the hard work and commitment from the team of staff and volunteers at Clan who have battled through a pandemic to bring this amazing spectacle to the North-East. Please support this wonderful local charity by attending the farewell weekend and bidding at the auction so they can continue to support the people in your communities who need Clan the most.”

Bookings are available for a 90 minute slot on each day:

Friday 29th October 10am – 5.30pm (last admission 4pm)

Saturday 30th October 10am – 5.30pm (last admission 4pm)

Sunday 31st October 10am – 4.30pm (last admission 3pm)

Please note there is a quiet hour on Sunday 31st October from 10am – 11am, where no music will be played throughout the event site and therefore suitable for adults and children with specific sensory needs.

Entrance tickets are priced at £5.00 per adult (age 18 and over) and £3.00 per child (age 17 and below) plus online booking fees and can be purchased at: https://www.lightthenorth.co.uk/event/farewell-weekend/.

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