The Thornton Heath community has competed a challenge to finish 50 chandeliers to feature at Lumiere’s world class light show in central London – with a day to spare.

The chandeliers needed to be completed by Friday but the target was reached today (Thurs) after an appeal saw local people donate 1250 plastic bottles.

Local children and adults rallied to the call and got busy creating festoons by cutting the plastic bottles in to intricate swirls of plastic.

Local artist Karen Barnett has led the herculean effort which started on Saturday at St Paul’s Church and saw volunteers finish 10 chandeliers in just over four hours.

Then Monday and Tuesday Karen took the festoon workshop to Whitehorse School where school children had to cut out 25 bottles just to make one chandelier. The chandeliers were coming thick and fast with two sessions at the Gingerbread Corner after school club and a public day at ASKI on Brigstock Road.

Croydon is one of a number of boroughs picked to be part of the festoon project which will see local children turn plastic bottles in to works of art.

Thornton Heath is the only outer London borough chosen to host a number of the light installations which will be transported by Lumiere to Trumble Gardens on January 27 as part of Croydon’s 2019 Borough of Culture bid.

The festoon workshops are being  sponsored by Westfield/Hammerson and will  create an exciting eco friendly installations, which will be displayed in central London during the festival, returning to be part of Thornton Heath Light Festival on January 27.

CR7 Culture  is organising local workshops and a local peformances in Trumble Gardens as part of the light festival.

I you want to see our chandeliers in their full glory they will be in Kings Cross between 18-21 Jan as part of Lumiere London 2018.