Great Dunmow lights company creates blazing tribute to firefighters outside St Paul’s Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 December 2016

ArmadilloLED installed lights outside St Paul's Cathedral.

ArmadilloLED installed lights outside St Paul's Cathedral.

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A Dunmow firm has helped to update a national statue honouring firefighters.

ArmadilloLED installed lights outside St Paul's Cathedral.ArmadilloLED installed lights outside St Paul's Cathedral.

ArmadilloLED added fire-effect lights onto the bronze memorial situated in front of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The three animated figures now look more like they are in the thick of their work, bathed in fiery red light.

Princess Anne, patron of the Fire Fighters’ Memorial Trust, unveiled the new-look lighting at the end of last month.

Sculptor John Mills – who also created the Women at War memorial in Whitehall – made the original monument.

ArmadilloLED managing director, David Bide, meeting Princess Anne.
ArmadilloLED managing director, David Bide, meeting Princess Anne.

Opened in May 1991 by the Queen Mother, it was originally called The Blitz and engraved with nearly 1,000 names of firefighters who died during the Second World War.

It is now called the National Firefighters’ Memorial, as around another 1,200 names were added to honour people who have died since the conflict.

David Bide, managing director of ArmadilloLED, said: “As with all of our high profile lighting engagements and commissions, we were pleased and proud to be involved with the moving lights project for the firefighters.”

Colin Livett, chairman of the Fire Fighters Memorial Trust, added: “This amazing light scene delivered for us by David Bide and his team is an amazing statement for this poignant memorial and a genuine tribute to the families of those named.”

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