Rainbow over Smeaton’s Tower this weekend

Red and yellow and orange and green – the colours of the rainbow will be shining out across the city tonight and tomorrow night in support of the city’s Pride Rally.

From sunset until 2am, a chasing rainbow effect will be around the tower on the Hoe.

Plymouth Pride parade is taking place on the Hoe and the organisers hope the weekend will be biggest celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) communities in Plymouth. The parade will leave from the Jigsaw Garden to go to the Hoe for the main event which is happening tomorrow.

This is the first time the lighthouse has been used to play a part in Plymouth Pride.

Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities Phillipa Davey said: “We think this is a great way of showing our support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. It’s an iconic landmark that is known across the world.”

Smeaton’s Tower has recently had a LED lighting system installed to better light up the tower to make it more visible at night. The lights are now on every evening and coloured lights can be used for special occasions and events.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Co-operatives and Housing who contributed towards the cost of the light sequencing through his Community Support Grant added: “This tower is a symbol of Britain’s Ocean City and we are delighted that this can play a small part in helping spread the message that Plymouth is a modern welcoming city where all are valued.”