IT may have been a grey, drizzly night but the city was filled with an exciting array of colour as Light Night got underway.

Thousands of people filled the city centre to see illuminated angels and caribou make their way through the city centre and projections on the Guildhall.

Long queues were waiting for Lilliput by imitating the dog at The Old Palace while the Cathedral was lit with candles.

Last night (Tuesday) was the first of three evenings featuring four brand-new large-scale projections created specifically for Worcester, organised by The Arches Festivals.

Clare Di-Vito, from Worcester, said: “We came last year and are so glad Light Night is back again.

"We had so much fun seeing the projections and the kids really liked seeing how they could change what was happening on the interactive platform.

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"They were running around chasing the animations from the bikes and the angels were just beautiful.”

At the Old Palace, audiences saw children as big as the building itself transforming it with their imaginations during Lilliput by imitating the dog.

Crowds gathered outside the Guildhall where ringing bells set off animations about different guilds in Ring the Changes by Illuminos.

Mark Murphy’s Remember the Future caught the attention of people with a series of stunning digital collages made from vintage images of how people imagined the future would look like.

Outside the Granary audience members played with the interactive projection called Rewild by Limbic Cinema and marvelled as plant life spread across the building and animals came to visit.

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From Cathedral Square to the Corn Market, beautiful ten-foot-tall angels Corvus Angelicus, projector bikes and giant illuminated Ghost Caribou gathered excited crowds in Cathedral Square.

David Edmunds, festivals artistic director, Severn Arts said: “This year we have taken things even further than Light Night 2020.

"The level of creative ambition, in both ourselves as the festival producer and also the artists we appointed, is exactly what our audiences in Worcester deserve.

"I am so proud of what we have achieved and thrilled that already so many people have been able to enjoy Light Night 2021 and the transformation of the city – and there are still two more nights to go.”

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Several of last night’s festival visitors had started early with a visit to Dines Green first to watch or take part in Lullaby.

Crowds watched a parade of bikes decorated with lights and a brand-new, surround-sound composition created by local school children with composer Andy Taylor.

Lullaby was supported by Bike Worcester, University of Worcester Woo Bike Scheme and Light Night Worcester sponsor CityFibre.

Light Night Worcester is a free event with the same programme each night.

Lullaby will be visiting Warndon tonight (Wednesday) and Ronkswood on Thursday, the final night of the festival.

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