TOWNELEY Hall will be lit up in all its glory thanks to a project involving local people.

People are being invited by Burnley Council to go to the hall on Friday, February 28, at 6.15pm to watch the official switch-on ceremony.

The new lighting scheme uses innovative technology to highlight the historic features within the architecture of the hall and its façade.

It can be controlled remotely using a smartphone app to change the colour of the light, beam angles and more.

The lights will be switched on between 6pm and 8pm each evening for two weeks.

After that it will be lit up for special events to help minimise the impact of the lighting on wildlife such as bats, and to reduce energy consumption.

The £11,000 project has been jointly funded by the Friends of Towneley Park, the Towneley Hall Society and Burnley Council, with the intention of drawing more visitors to the hall and promoting special events to publicise the opportunities that exist at Towneley.

The high-tech spotlight system was designed and manufactured by Barrowford-based lighting specialist acdc which has completed major projects across the world including Dubai Creek Golf Club, Bayern Munich’s stadium and the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.

The groundwork has been completed by council staff, with installation by Padiham-based electrical company Thompson Wills.

Burnley College students are also getting involved by photographing the lighting and its effects on the building. They’ll be entering their images into a competition run by acdc and submissions will then hopefully be displayed in the hall.

Cllr Ivor Emo, council executive member for housing and leisure, said: “This is a wonderful idea. Towneley Hall draws in thousands of visitors a year because it is one of the most beautiful and historically interesting buildings in Lancashire."