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Lift Tower becomes beacon of hope for NHS workers

Northampton’s famous Lift Tower lit up blue last night to pay tribute to the NHS workers that are fighting Coronavirus in hospitals across the country.

Franklin’s Gardens sits in the shadow of the landmark and, working with Daventry firm MLE Pyrotechnics and Kvant Lasers, Northampton Saints provided use of the ground for the projection equipment to create the stunning tribute.

The letters ‘NHS’ were projected onto the former lift-testing tower from 8pm – when the nation stepped out onto their doorsteps once more to drum pots and pans as part of the Clap for Carers initiative – until around 11pm.

The tribute is planned to continue again next Thursday evening, but Northampton Saints insist supporters and residents do not travel to try to view it, and stay home to protect the NHS.

“We’re one of a handful of companies in the UK with lasers of this power,” said Mat Lawrence, Director at MLE Pyrotechnics, who have also produced fireworks displays at Franklin’s Gardens in recent years.

“We’d like to thank Northampton Saints and the owners of the Lift Tower for their collaboration in this effort, but most importantly to those at the NHS, the carers and key workers all working very hard.

“Last night was a combination of a rehearsal and the real thing, we tried a few ideas to see what works. The second round, possibly next week, might involve some lasers off the top of the lift tower itself.

“The lasers will only be visible from the town facing side so please don’t travel as you will see nothing from any other view. Stay at home, and stay safe.”