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Sir John Barrow Monument lit on the night of the Lantern Festival

During September Marl completed a new and exciting lighting installation at Ulverston's Sir John Barrow Monument on Hoad Hill.

A local treasure, the monument known as "Hoad" or "the pepper pot", was erected in 1850 to commemorate Sir John Barrow, who was a founding member of the Royal Geographic Society. In recent years the monument has undergone major renovation work which was completed in 2010.

After a well received and successful trial installation in March, the new lighting is now installed and was officially unveiled during the Lantern Festival, a popular annual community event including a lantern procession through the town culminating in Ford Park below Hoad Hill.

Our specially designed lighting pods offer RGB Lighting to the Monument, controlled via the internet from within the town; a feature which has proved popular as it negates the need to access the Monument itself to adjust the lighting - which could be a tricky task over the winter months.

Adrian Rawlinson, Managing Director, says of the project: "This installation presented a particular challenge because of the rocky location, and the safety of people and animals which regularly visit the area. Our engineers rose to the challenge and the lights are now safely in place. It is a proud moment for our workforce and local people to be able to see LED products designed and manufactured in Ulverston being used in the town."

Councillor Mark Wilson, Mayor of Ulverston, said "The new technology will enable us to change lighting colours for special occasions or to meet requests. The Monument is such a fantastic landmark for Ulverston it will be wonderful to see it quite literally in the spotlight again."