Future bright for Barnsley as dazzling show lights up town centre

A spectacular light show projected onto Barnsley’s town hall was launched last night, as the city prepares for the start of the festive season.

The first ever Barnsley Bright Nights, which will run until Saturday 1 December, uses digital light projection to celebrate the history as well as the future of the city.

Created by world-class projection company Anomic Multimedia, famous for their work on the Tower of London, the display showcased the city’s past links to the mining industry and their famous Barnsley markets.

The show culminated with a dazzling firework display and the highly anticipated Christmas light switch on.

The event is part of a wider scheme to encourage more people to visit the city centre as part of an on-going regeneration project.

Despite some early technical difficulties, which caused a slight delay in proceedings, the show proved to be popular with those who had braved the bad weather.

One woman said: “It was really good, the fireworks were spectacular, the projection is absolutely brilliant.”

The town centre was packed with children of all ages who were also able to enjoy the funfair along with the light show.

A young girl claimed she would be forcing her parents to comeback for another show later this week.

She said: “I really enjoyed coming it was really fun, the fireworks were amazing and I really want to see it all again.”

In addition to the light show there are also events at The Cooper Gallery, St Mary’s Church and the Mandela Gardens with live music and a range of family activities.

Saturday’s finale will see Spark! LED drummers return to the city for a light parade through the town centre after their performance at the Tour de Yorkshire earlier this year.