THE historic Hedingham Castle has once again been lit up to celebrate our NHS staff.

The Norman keep was bathed in the colours of the rainbow as the castle team, in conjunction with Braintree Council, celebrated the now traditional Clap for Carers event on Thursday last week.

The rainbow has become a recognised symbol of solidarity and unity during the difficult coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

It was the second week in a row that light beamed on the castle as it was lit blue for NHS workers and then red, white and blue for VE day the week before.

However, the castle have confirmed the lightshow will not before a regular Thursday fixture with the council only lending them the lighting equipment for the two Thursdays.

The castle lightshow was one of many taking place across the district, with the council also lighting up landmarks like Braintree Town Hall.

Councillor Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Tourism, said: “The rainbow is a recognised symbol of hope during these times, so it was fantastic to have Hedingham Castle light up to support to all carers and key workers whose selflessness and dedication is helping us get through this pandemic.

"It also mirrors the fantastic community spirit we’ve seen across the district, with colourful drawings popping up in windows, the amazing acts of kindness and volunteering efforts of our communities.

"Everyone on social media seemed to really love the photos of the castle lit up, so a huge thank you to KI Sound and Light for helping make this happen.”