City walls will be illuminated to mark end of restoration

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CHICHESTER’S historic walls will be lit up to celebrate their restoration after 1,800 years defending the city.

The walls at Westgate Fields will be lit up using atmospheric lighting to celebrate their unique architecture and history. Throughout the evening a specially-commissioned film about their history will be projected on to the face of the walls, with local people recalling their memories of the walls over the years.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to picnic in the award winning Bishop’s Palace Gardens, which are surrounded by the one-and-a half-mile long walls.

Music will be played in the gardens, which will be illuminated with lanterns and special lighting.

Schoolchildren will take part in a lantern parade, with lanterns that they have made especially for the event.

The event marks the end of a major three-year £900,000 restoration project which included repairs to the most critical parts of the walls, as well as research into their history.

The event is on April 14 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.