Last Thursday evening, the Cathedral’s north and east faces were transformed from 8pm to 11pm with special messages of support for our county’s key workers and the NHS, projected onto the façades and roof.
It happened as tens of thousands of people across Cumbria also took to their doorsteps to clap for carers as part of the weekly tribute to key workers.
The Canon Warden at Carlisle Cathedral, the Rev Canon Jan Kearton, said: “The Cathedral Chapter was very grateful to two local events companies for their generous offer to bathe the building in blue. The end result was stunning and represented a wonderful tribute to all our key workers. It offered a further opportunity to say thank you for all that NHS and key workers are doing to heal and to support so many during this emergency.”
The installation included a moving heart beat monitor which was projected onto the Cathedral’s roof, alongside the messages ‘Thanks NHS’ and ‘#MakeItBlue’.
The Cathedral Chapter worked in tandem with local laser tech engineer Lee Crellin from Just Beam It Lasers and lighting engineer James Phillips from SVL Hire Limited.
Lee Crellin, managing director of Just Beam It Lasers, has previously projected similar messages onto Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary. He said: “I’ve wanted to project onto the Cathedral for some time and so we were delighted to have this opportunity. Everyone at the Cathedral was so helpful and the result looked fantastic. This is our small way of saying thank you to all those NHS staff and keyworkers. It also helps to lift people’s spirits.”
A video of #MakeItBlue can be viewed here