Huddersfield Literature Festival has created a stunning Lockdown Lantern installation to commemorate a year since the first Covid-19 lockdown.

The installation takes the form of a giant metal tree festooned with willow and tissue lanterns and displaying words of hope to inspire the local community as they walk past.

Created by Huddersfield-based AniMATronics Ltd, the tree is on display in the Lawrence Batley Theatre courtyard in Huddersfield from now until Easter Monday, April 5.

Matt Kitchen-Dunn, who created the tree, said: “It’s been an honour to be asked to do this commission. It means a lot to me because I lost my grandma, aged 94, to Covid last year and it’s important that we never forget.”

Performance poet Michelle Scally Clarke read a lockdown poem called ‘Love and Light’ as part of the installation.

Performance poet Michelle Scally Clarke

Festival director Michelle Hodgson said: “We hope it will serve as a commemoration, a memorial and an inspiration to remind us of the challenges we have faced in the past year and to look forward to more positive days ahead.”

The tree and the courtyard will be lit up every evening, between 6pm and midnight, with lanterns created by Colne Valley artist Angie Boycott-Garnett and children from Holmfirth-based Children’s Art School.

The event is being sponsored by Ravenhall Risk Solutions, an independent chartered insurance brokers based in Belfast and Leeds.

The festival programme has many events taking place online for the second year in a row, due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.