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From Armed Forces Day to Fairtrade Fortnight - all the special events marked in 2022 with Borough's feature lighting

10 December 2021

Iconic bridges and buildings in the Borough will once again light up for good causes and important anniversaries throughout the year.

Image of Stockton's riverside at night

The popular memorial lighting scheme sees structures like the Newport Bridge and Stockton Town Hall bathed in colourful lights to show the Borough's support for a range of nationally recognised special occasions.

The LED lighting has been used to mark everything from Holocaust Memorial Day and World Cancer Day to Stoptober and Show Racism the Red Card.

And now the Council's Cabinet has agreed an extended programme for 2022, with new additions including the National Day of Reflection on 23 March to mark the anniversary of the first national lockdown.

Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Health, Leisure and Culture, said: "Our memorial lighting programme continues to be very popular, and is shared far and wide on social media, highlighting these special days often usually as part of a wider campaign.

"The use of coloured lights has allowed us to highlight the Riverside, our iconic bridges and other town centre buildings and structures at their very best, while also showing our support for a wide range of nationally recognised causes and important anniversaries. 

"The 2021 memorial lighting calendar has thankfully been uninterrupted by COVID, and we look forward to lighting up the Borough on special days throughout 2022."

The permanent lighting features, which change colour and pattern, also play an important role in the town's programme of popular riverside events.

Memorial lighting dates for 2022:




Thursday 27 January

 Holocaust Memorial Day


 Tuesday 1 February

 LGBT+ History Month


 Friday 4 February

 World Cancer Day


 Monday 21 February

 Fairtrade Fortnight


 Tuesday 8 March

 International Women's Day


 Wednesday 23 March

 National Day of Reflection


 Saturday 26 March

 Earth Hour (8.30pm-9.30pm)

 Switched off

 Saturday 2 April

 Autism Acceptance Day


 Saturday 23 April

 St George's Day


Monday 16 May

 National Dementia Action Week


 Wednesday 1 June

 National Volunteering Week


 Thursday 2 June

 The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

 (Lighting of Beacons)


 TBC - June

 National Carers Week


 Saturday 25 June

 Armed Forces Day


 Sunday 4 September

 World Sexual Health Awareness Day


 Thursday 29 September

 World Heart Day


Saturday 1 October

 Stoptober (Stop Smoking Campaign)


 Sunday 9 October

 Baby Loss Awareness Week


 Monday 10 October

 World Mental Health Day


 Friday 21 October

 Show Racism the Red Card


 Friday 11 November

 Remembrance Day


 Monday 14 November

 World Diabetes Day


Friday 25 November

 International Day for the Elimination of

 Violence Against Women



 Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day