Angels By The Sea
This year Felixstowe BID have commissioned seven individually crafted, life size angels to adorn the town centre. Beautifully fashioned from chicken wire, primed and hand painted to reflect special up lit illumination, the celestial sculptures will create an Angel Trail around the town centre. Have you spotted any yet?
The locations are for you to find! These ethereal pieces are the result of a collaboration between Tracy Barritt Brown, (known to many for her wicker art) and local art teacher, Caroline Corkhill, so we’ve dubbed them the ‘Tracy & Caroline Angels’.
Working With The Lions
The 5 outdoor angels are secured to a base of a tyre with bolts and up lit with a purpose built spotlight feature. Finding homes has been a challenge, as the angels require a flat roof, a power source and be out of the way of interference. Who do we go to for town centre festive light expertise? Why, Felixstowe Lions, of course. Graham Phelps was our ‘Mane Man’ and his team of entirely voluntary Lions work year round to keep our town lit up for Christmas, and worked really hard to find spots for our angels and attach them to a power source. With the right electrical equipment, Graham tells us that each angel is very low wattage and will only cost their host approximately £1 to power over the entire festive season.
Felixstowe BID Commission
Felixstowe’s BID Manager, Kate Cain, was keen to put on a bit of a show this Christmas to encourage visitors and residents into the town.
“It’s been a tough time for retail, and we hope to encourage visitors into our town for a unique shopping experience and a bit of festive fun. We are delighted to introduce the innovative Angel Trail feature to the Lion’s Christmas lights this year, and an investment for years to come. Tracy and Caroline’s work is astounding, and we are lucky to have their creativity added to our Christmas community offering. We are so grateful for Felixstowe Lions help with lighting and positioning the angels. We are also very appreciative of the support of Felixstowe Town Council and East Suffolk Council in help with funding our festive programmes. We aim to make this Christmas as busy as possible for our businesses, whilst engaging with our community to unite and support our town”
Watch our interview with Tracy as she shows us the angels in her garden in Felixstowe. Visit Felixstowe meets Tracy and the angels
Also planned for the run up to Christmas is a special ‘Christmas Stocking Trail’ for the family to enjoy while visiting the town with 21 unique stockings crafted by Wool Baa crafters. Details to follow shortly. Follow Visit Felixstowe on Facebook for news, programmes and updates.