Church light show is heavenly

A SPECTACULAR finale to a week-long laser light show depicting Jesus Christ's last days on earth is being held in one of Suffolk's finest churches tonight.

A SPECTACULAR finale to a week-long laser light show depicting Jesus Christ's last days on earth is being held in one of Suffolk's finest churches tonight.

In the 1950s and 1960s the Son et Lumiere of the Passion was such a popular medium that it was regularly staged as such grand venues such as London's St Paul's Cathedral and Hampton Court.

Now, thanks to the Suffolk forebears of the man behind the original spectacular, the show – entitled The Light of the World – has been brought to the Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.

To mark Holy Week the extravaganza has been held every night at the Melford church from Palm Sunday to tonight's exciting finale.


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Illuminations are blended with recorded dialogue and set to music to tell the tale of Christ's last days.

Charles Passmore, a light and sound engineer, took the original spectacular across the country in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Now, his son Tom and grandson Alex, members of the Melford church's congregation, have taken over the reigns and brought the production to various locations.

The pair have been involved in weeks of preparation with members of the choir and congregation prior to the show being held at the Holy Trinity.

In the 1960s a large team of lighting operatives were needed to stage the event, but thanks to advances in modern technology the father and son team need just one CD and a computer to control all the effects.

Each event this week has been free of charge, but the congregation is asked for donations to pay towards the £7,000 production costs.

Churchwarden Diana Banks, who has helped organise the event, said: "The show is absolutely fantastic and spectacular. Nothing has ever been seen like it at the Holy Trinity before. It really is an amazing experience.

"It is a unique and atmospheric way to celebrate Holy Week and is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Holy Trinity Church."

Tonight's production starts at 8pm.

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