People in Brightlingsea are being urged to spread love and solidarity across the town with a special signal on Valentine's Day, by leaving a light on in their homes.
The initiative is part of Brightlingsea's WinterFest after being put forward by parish vicar, the Revd Caroline Beckett, pictured.
It is hoped that the Leave a Light On idea will touch people's hearts as something they can do on Valentine's Day, when thoughts are particularly focussed on love.
Revd Caroline said: “The past year has been a difficult time for many of us, with losses to Covid-19 and separation from loved ones. This Valentine's Day will be very different in lockdown. On a day when we think of love, but many can't be together and some are completely alone, we are encouraging everyone to take part in a gesture of love, solidarity, memory and hope.Often when a loved one is away, or expected home, we say we'll leave a light on for them. So, for this one night, leave a light on in the window.”
Caroline, who is vicar at All Saints' Church and St James' Church in Brightlingsea, said that when growing up in the area she would look up at All Saints' Church “lit up like a beacon” at the entrance to the town and, later on, during overnight sailing trips, orientated herself by the lights on buoys and the shoreline.
“Leaving a light on is a way of saying we're here, somebody's watching, somebody cares,” she said.
Her Leave a Light On suggestion became part of Brightlingsea WinterFest when she joined one of the festival crew's Zoom meetings.
For details of all WinterFest events, visit this page.