A colourful symbol of the upcoming Guild and Olympics lit up the skies above Preston and the surrounding area tonight.
The Global Rainbow light show will last for three nights and be visible for up to 12 miles away from the centre of the city.
Below is a map showing where the rainbow has been spotted and where from, if you can see the rainbow please email us the photo and say where you were or tweet us a pic and let us know your location.
You can also post your photos of the Rainbow on the Preston Flickr group.
View Global Rainbow over Preston in a larger map
The huge beam of light – called The Global Rainbow – is made up of seven parallel beams of high spec lasers representing the seven colours of the rainbow.
It will mark the start of the Cultural Olympiad and hundreds of cultural events happening across the North West as part of the London 2012 Olympics.
Debbi Lander, the 2012 Creative Programmer for the North West, said: “London 2012 is not just about sport or spectatorship. It’s an opportunity to connect, to collaborate and be part of a community; and to celebrate the world’s largest global gathering on earth.
“This is our chance to reach out and feel part of something bigger and to use London 2012 as a platform to create interaction and community across the North West.”
“The coincidence of Preston Guild with London 2012 is an auspicious one and we are proud to launch the year‟s Cultural Olympiad journey for the North West region here in Preston. We look forward to welcoming artists and sportspeople and their audiences all back to ours in September.”
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Image credit to Paul Melling