In just over a month members of the ‘Save the DLI Museum’ campaign committee have met, and surpassed, their early targets and have now organised a winter vigil in Durham Market Square on November 29, writes Peter Mann.

A Facebook group and just giving page were set up at the outset of the campaign and both have continued to go from strength to strength with over £5,000 raised and a 25k strong group. Now though it is all about the first real stand by the committee and ‘The Faithful Durhams’ as they take to Durham Market Square for a peaceful vigil with fun for everyone.

A spokesperson for the campaign said: “We will be holding a vigil in the market square Durham as a show of support against the closure of the DLI museum.“This will be a family event with members of the Durham Light Infantry. There will be re-enactors present from the formation of the Regiment in 1758 dressed as The Red Coats of the 68th Regiment of Foot, some WWI/WWII re-enactors in their British Tommy uniforms, a Bugler to play the Last Post, a Chaplain to give a brief reading/service and representatives of the DLI Association.”

Early targets met, now time for a winter vigil I Love Newcastle

The event, which is set to be both a fun and poignant display of strength aimed at Durham County Council will be decked out in a display of green and incorporate the statue which proudly stands at the heart of Durham, and its people.

“We ask everyone who can turn up to If possible wear something green, bring a torch (with some form of green filter if you can but don’t worry if you can’t) and bring as many family and friends as you can.
“This is not a protest, it is a show of solidarity and a demonstration of our strength of feeling. We will try to arrange some raffle tickets and every person attending will have the chance to win a full sized replica VC medal and ribbon as we aim to show DCC we will stand up for those who stood up for us for over a Century.”

This is your chance to really get involved, to really make DCC sit up and take notice. Carpe Diem!

The vigil will take place in Durham Market Square on the evening of Sunday November 29 from 6pm


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