Last night we achieved a huge success - the lights were turned on illuminating Charles Church. For the last seven months Labour has been campaigning for Charles Church to be properly lit up and we are so pleased that the campaign has been a success.
Properly lit up
Last night was the official turning on of the new lights at Charles Church. Plymouth City Council has a good tweet of the lights here. One Plymouth has some great pictures of the lighting up too.
Picture from PCC
Lighting up Charles Church was one of the campaigns Luke Pollard ran as part of his campaign to be the next MP for our area.
I've received so many messages of support for my campaign to light up Charles Church and I know Cllr Chris Penberthy, the local Labour Councillor, who campaigned for better lighting, received similar messages.
I'm so proud that our campaign, supported by so many people in Plymouth, has been a success and Charles Church is now properly lit up. It is something that should have happened a very long time ago but I am very pleased it has happened now.
Plymouth has a proud history and it is important that we celebrate it with dignity, respect and pride. For as long as I can remember the 'bombed out church' has been a symbol of a city ill at ease with its history. It was right to preserve the Church after the war as a symbol of all those who lost their lives in the Plymouth Blitz but to surround it with a roundabout was a profound mistake.
To see the bright glow of Staples, Drake Circus and Jury's Inn next to the black shape of Charles Church really annoyed me. That is why I started the campaign to have Charles Church added to the list of landmarks the Labour Council was lighting up as part of delivering our manifesto.
I've been encouraged so much by the response to this campaign that it has got me thinking about what could be done to celebrate Plymouth's history next. Plymouth Labour will be starting our Open Manifesto process for 2016 soon and your ideas could help shape that manifesto so please do have a think and get in touch.
Thanks to all the people who helped on the campaign to properly light up Charles Church. Cllr Mark Lowry, Cllr Tudor Evans, Cllr Chris Penberthy, Cllr Ian Tuffin and Cllr Sue McDonald in particular deserve special mention for all their support and efforts to get this result. We now have a war memorial properly lit up at night that preserves the dignity of the war memorial. Resurgam.