Longleat Festival of Light 2014
Though he fell from grace it was the vision of a former boss of Longleat Safari Park, David Bradley, to bring a Festival of Light to Longleat. I remember being in his office several months before the first event when, with child-like excitement he showed me graphics and photographs of a lantern festival in China and said that Longleat's would be like these. They looked great, many of them literally great, towering several times taller than visitors to that festival, but not imagining that anything like it would be possible at Longleat I asked "They are wonderful, what size will they be here?", "This size he exclaimed!", beaming with pride. I could hardly believe it, but when, several months later I was invited to Longleat for the preview evening, I had to, I was, and remain, in awe, as several years later the Chinese artisans excel.