A ‘River of Light’ spectacle

A magical night took place at the first ever ‘River of Light’ event on the 8th March 2019. The river Wensum in Norwich glowed with over 1,000 bright light-changing orbs, all released in the stretch of river between St George’s Bridge and Fye Bridge in the city centre.

The lights represented Love, Hope, Memories and Wishes for those affected by cancer, with people attending paying tribute to their loved ones, with special memories shared and dedications read to the crowds. The Sheriff of Norwich was in attendance and marked the start of the spectacle, releasing the first light into the water.

Both bridges looked magnificent, as did the Ribs of Beef pub illuminated in the celebrations, all care of the wonderful team at Production Bureau. From an idea of Roger Cawdron at the Ribs, to working with the Broads Authority, it all came together as a touching and beautiful sight. See a video here with footage from the night:-


All lights were marshalled throughout the event and removed from the water afterwards by the kind group at the Broadland Paddle Sport Club. The evening entertainment was compered by our wonderful friend Chris Bailey and photographed by trustee Julia Holland. With thanks to Norwich Inns who supported the prize draw ticket sales through their establishments, and all other businesses and individuals too. Thanks to Archers Butchers, Nannies Cakes, and Gourmet Coffee for keeping us fed and watered on the cold and wet evening. With a huge thank you to all the volunteers who turned out to help, we couldn’t have done it without you!

There were 22 prize winners from the draw; all have been contacted directly.

Thanks to:

Hosted by Ribs of Beef, supported by Norwich Inns members, Broads Authority, Pub and Paddle and Freedom Boats.