Residents prepare to light up Lincoln West End

An annual project which sees a Lincoln community lit up for passers by to enjoy returns this year.

West End Lights will see houses between Carholme Road and Yarborough Road decorate their windows and gardens with lights or projections on Friday, December 6.

The aim of the project, which started in 2009 inspired by similar events in London, is simply to give other residents something to enjoy as they walk home from work and shopping during the dark nights.

Residents decorate their front gardens with interesting light displays, windows become cinema screens for animation and independent short films, even the chance to ring a bell to “choose your own” shadow play.

More than 30 houses across the West End will take part this year, and even inspired a small group in Spalding to do their own version of the project on December 7.

The event started with just nine houses four years ago and “has since spread across the city, to Spalding and beyond.”

Organisers said: “In 2013 it helped inspire a magical night of flickering film in the windows of houses in South London – part of the New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival.”

The lights will go on from 7pm, and run until about 9pm. A map of all the houses taking part will be available on the Lincoln West End Lights website on the date.

People taking part can either record a film clip themselves, or ask permission to use a film short.

Last year, many residents borrowed equipment from work or used household materials such as tracing paper for the projector screen.

To take part in this year’s illuminations, fill in the form on the website.

Here is an example of the project in previous years: