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Gary wins hearts with mirrorball treat

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Who needs Strictly’s glitterball! Kington has hosted the world's largest heart shaped mirrorball for one evening only thanks to the ingenuity of a creative theme lighting designer.

Local designer Gary Baxter added a splash of festive colour to the town in the run up to Christmas.

Kington resident Gary, who runs the fledgling audio-visual business Big Flix and Chill, added impressive lighting effects on what is believed to be the largest heart shaped mirror ball in the world.

The six foot tall, three foot deep and seven foot wide mirrorball slowly rotates to music by Sergei Prokofiev's Troika and was erected in the Place De Marines for the enjoyment of townsfolk.

Steve Newby from Studio Vertigo in Newcastle kindly loaned the mirrorball to Gary for Kington. Stephen created and built the light art installation using 11,000 mirror tiles.

Gary used high quality lighting effects and an audio system supplied by Stuart Wilkinson and Emma Wilson of Sound Dynamics from Belper in Derbyshire to bounce light onto the mirrorball, which reflected onto the surrounding area for five hours.

Gary also produced a multi-coloured window display on the town hall and a colourful effect to the clock face which gradually changes from red to green and back.

Gary's work was assembled with the help of a team of local volunteers.

Gary said; “I have a lot of lighting and some lighting effects, so I thought about what I could do in a more modern twist to highlight one of our town’s character buildings to bring out the charm in a festive form.

“I'm pleased with the effects that enhanced Kington with a yuletide glow for people to enjoy.”

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