On Thursday 13th December, we gathered with friends at The Citadel theatre in St Helens for a right good knees up to celebrate what has been an incredible 150th year for St Helens and for Heart of Glass. Our friends at Eggs Collective invited their friends along to entertain us, sing to us, and make crowns with us – it was a wonderful night!
And there was so much to celebrate! This year has been a remarkable year for St Helens, which was named the inaugural Borough of Culture for the Liverpool City Region in its 150th year. Over 60000 people have taken part in events across the year, which began with public art at the side of the Sankey canal, and continued with a parade to celebrate the borough’s unsung heroes in June and an army of volunteers building a giant cardboard castle in August. September saw the start of a jam packed Take Over Festival in partnership with St Helens Libraries and Cultural Hubs, which included literature events with Frank Cottrell Boyce, film screenings with Maxine Peake, St Helens debuts and the return of old friends, collaborations with brass bands and older members of our community. In November, the award winning theatre production TORCH by ANU and women of St Helens journeyed through St Helens over two weeks, and at the start of December we gathered at St Helens Town Hall for the finale of St Helens 150, which featured an animation premiere and a schools’ lantern trail, and we watched as the Town Hall was transformed by a large scale light projection created by artist Simon Mckeown and BuzzHub St Helens Coalition of Disabled People.
What a year it has been! Here are our highlights!
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has been involved with Heart of Glass this year, as a collaborator, an audience member or a supporter from afar. We wish you a lovely festive break and look forward to seeing you again in the new year!
On a very warm day at the end of June, the St Helens Citizens’ Day Parade made its marvellous way across the town centre led by Eggs Collective in celebration of the everyday heroes who make our town such a wonderful place to be! Video by Philip MacDonald, subtitles available.