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Council buys Lumiere clock for permanent display

One of the art installations in this year's Lumiere Festival in Durham will become a permanent fixture. Durham County Council has bought the Helvetictoc clock, which tells the time in quirky ways, for £10,000.

Helvetictoc tells the time in conversational language Credit: Steve Drew/PA Archive

The clock should be in place in the city's Millennium Square early in 2014, subject to a planning application.

Lumiere cost shops thousands of pounds

Shops and bars on Elvet Bridge in Durham said Lumiere cost them thousands of pounds in trade, despite attracting 175,000 people to the city over four days.

The light festival included a giant 3D elephant projected over the River Wear. However, while it was installed and taken down, roads were closed and shoppers diverted away from the area.

The Oxfam bookshop and boutique were two shops affected. Their manager, Michael Ridsdale, said the two shops lost £2,500 in one week before the light festival had even begun.


Programme for Durham's Lumiere to be unveiled

Organisers of Lumiere in Durham will unveil the programme for this year's festival at a launch later. The festival, described as a "celebration of light" is held over four days and places art displays and installations around the city.

The last time it was held, in November 2011, it was seen by 150,000 people and brought in £4.3m to the local economy.

Durham Cathedral was lit up outside and in for the last Lumiere in 2011 Credit: Steve Drew/PA Wire

This year's festival will be held from 14th - 17th November.

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