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10th October 2012

A Brolly Good Show at Cliffords Tower!

Historic Clifford's Tower in York is the venue for a new and exciting art exhibition which has been launched by staff at the visitor attraction. The long wet summer has been the inspiration for an eye catching and colourful display of umbrellas which is set to delight visitors of all ages.

One of the oldest tourist attractions in York has a new and colourful cover thanks to staff at Clifford's Tower. A huge canopy of bright and cheerful umbrellas has been constructed over the tower after a long wet summer to cheer up the many visitors who come to explore the ancient Medieval site. This is the first time that the tower has been covered for 400 years!

The display which has been named ‘Umbrella Sky' has been carefully positioned so as not to obscure the stunning views of York which are visible from the walkways. The idea came from similar exhibitions which could be found around Europe. Louise Wyatt, site manager at Clifford's Tower, said:

"The idea came out of the rather damp summer that we've had, when someone joked that it would be wonderful to have a huge umbrella over the open courtyard, and then we started thinking about what else could be done with umbrellas."

The tower was originally used as a store for gunpowder and munitions in the 17th century and, on April 23, 1684, an explosion blew off the roof and the floors, leaving just the shell that you see today, so it has been over 400 years since the tower last had any kind of roof covering.

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