The Corn Exchange resplendent in red and white on the eve of the Euros 2020 final.



THE scaffolding came down, the bunting was up, and Blandford Town Council took the opportunity to trial the colours of the new architectural lighting on the front of the Corn Exchange on Saturday July 10.

It featured most colours of the rainbow, but observers were quick to spot the red and white of the England flag on the eve of the final of the Euros 2020.

Local contractors Richard Cummins Electrical, Morgan Design Studio and Peak Scaffolding were thanked by the town council for their work installing the system, and the response from viewers on the council’s Facebook page was entirely appreciative.

At the full council meeting the following Monday, councillors agreed to a list of events which would be celebrated in colour during the year, and that authority would be delegated to the town clerk Linda Scott-Giles to accept or decline any other requests that were received from members of the public.

But Mrs Scott-Giles said concern had been expressed informally by planners on how often and at what times of day the Corn Exchange should be lit – a detail that was not considered at the time that listed building consent was given by Dorset Council for the installation.

It was agreed that the façade would be lit in white on darker evenings only when it could be seen, and in various colours for dates including Commonwealth Day and International Women’s Day in March, St George’s Day and Workers’ Memorial Day in April, May Day and Firefighters Memorial Day in May, St John Ambulance in June, Merchant Navy Day and Battle of Britain Day in September, and Teddy 20 on Ted Newton’s birthdate in December, as well as on recognition days for Blandford’s twin towns of Preetz and Mortain.

There will also be coloured lighting for Armed Forces Week and LGBTQ month in June, the Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting in October, Remembrance in November, and Christmas.

Meanwhile discussions are continuing with the consultants on the further restoration of the Corn Exchange, and councillors met with them in May to hear what was required in the next three months, including technical surveys, further consultation, pre-application planning discussions and development of the masterplan. They agreed to the commissioning of a mechanical and engineering strategy, considered a vital part of the project, and met again with them on July 21 for a further update.