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Astley Hall in the spotlight

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More than 1,000 visitors flocked to Astley Hall at the weekend to see the historic building in a new light.

More than 200 candles and coloured spotlights were used to illuminate the hall on Saturday and Sunday as part of the annual Museums at Night festival.

Each room was lit in a different colour and the lights focused on paintings, tapestries and furniture, to highlight the interesting features and create some dramatic effects.

There were also performances by the Chorley Guild Singers and members of the Friends of Astley Hall were dressed in traditional costume.

Jamie Carson, Chorley Council’s director for people and places, said: “Astley Hall looked magnificent in coloured spotlights and we are delighted that so many people came out to see it and be a part of the national Museums at Night festival.

“The different coloured spotlights had an incredible effect on the interiors, making some of the furniture look spooky while also showing up details that people might miss when they come during the day.

“We’ve had such a phenomenal response to the event that we may look to do something in the winter when it goes dark much earlier.”

A fun day with a 1920s theme will be held at the hall on Saturday to mark 90 years since it first opened its doors to the public after being handed over to Chorley Council as a memorial to those who died in the First World War.

From noon to 4.30pm, there will be a “then and now” photographic exhibition, a jazz band, 1920s sports such as lawn tennis and croquet, themed arts and crafts, vintage vehicles, a lecture and other attractions.

 

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