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8,000 flames mark king’s reburial

More than 8,000 flickering flames will illuminate the streets around Leicester Cathedral in a stunning commemoration of the reinterment of King Richard III.

The event – entitled Leicester Glows – takes place on Friday, March 27, and will see a trail of the thousands of small flames lighting up Jubilee Square, Cathedral Gardens and streets in The Lanes, along with a breath-taking trail of fire sculptures.

Fires will be lit in small containers which will be placed on the ground to line routes in the area surrounding the cathedral. The event runs from 6pm to 10pm.

Leicester Glows will be a spectacular and serene ending to a series of events that will have seen King Richard III’s remains laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral the previous day, on Thursday, March 26.

The free event is being run by Big Difference Company, Fireworxx and Bright Spark, and will bring a unique fire-themed meditative display to the part of the city centre.

Streets which will be illuminated by the trail of flames include Apple Gate, Peacock Lane, Guildhall Lane, Loseby Lane, and St Martins between New Street and Loseby Lane.

The streets around Jubilee Square and Cathedral Gardens will be closed throughout the afternoon and evening, to enable the events to take place.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “After the grandeur of the king’s reinterment service at Leicester Cathedral, this makes a wonderful contrast by creating a free, peaceful and reflective event in the surrounding streets in which people from all over the city can participate.

“The spectacular display of lights and illuminations will bring a whole new ambience to heart of Leicester’s Old Town, and is a fitting way for people to share in the remarkable events taking place to mark King Richard’s reinterment.”

Geoff Rowe, CEO of Big Difference Company, added: "We are honoured and thrilled to have been commissioned to produce this unique and exciting event to make a historic week for Leicester.

"We have worked on major outdoor events before, including the public celebrations for when the Paralympic Torch left Stoke Mandeville for London 2012.

"As a Leicester-based organisation, we are excited about bringing the internationally-respected Fireworxx to the city for what will be a beautiful and magical event."

Full details of all the reinterment week events are available at: www.kingrichardinleicester.com

Last updated September 2015