Harrow Council has lit up a ‘Dove of Peace’ in the town centre ahead of a programme of festivities taking place until the New Year.
The dove was officially lit up ahead of the Diwali, the festival of lights, which is one of many festivals being celebrated over the next two months, which Harrow are using to drive footfall in the town centre.
The dove of peace is formed from an aluminum structure measuring about 3m by 3m. It floats 4.5 metres above Katie’s Statue and is lit with 2,500 low energy LED lights.
Councillor Kamaljit Chana, cabinet member for business and enterprise who was present at the lighting of the dove said: “It was fantastic to see the dove light up the town centre as the festive season kicks off with Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas. It certainly makes a difference to the town centre and I hope that everyone enjoys the lights while they are here.
“These lights come in good time to compliment the works in the town centre which are almost complete. We want to help boost business and increase the vibrancy of the town centre particularly during this festive season where hundreds of people will come to do their Christmas shopping.”
The Dove of peace was specially commissioned for Harrow town centre. The winning design was selected by the Town Centre Management team and members of the Council Economic Development and Research team. The winning company, Saimol Trading, is based in Harrow.
The dove is there to reflect the festive season between Diwali and the New Year, when Harrow plans events for Diwali, Ashura, Guru Nanak’s Birthday, Hanukkah and Christmas.