Larry the lobster to be lit up for the first time

Kingston District Council has funded uplights under Larry the Lobster and is hoping to have him lit up as early as this Friday.

The council has in recent months been a part of resolving a number of issues regarding the “Big Lobster”, and recently committed $10,000 to install four uplights that will sit around him. 

The lights will come on automatically at dusk and then turn off again at dawn the next morning.

Kingston council CEO Andrew MacDonald explained what had motivated the council to make the decision to light up Larry and how it would make the tourism icon more prominent to travellers visiting Kingston.

“The aim is to highlight him far better than what he ever has been before,” Mr MacDonald said.

Mr MacDonald said many travellers passing through or stopping to visit the town in winter quite often didn’t get a chance to see Larry because it was dark when they visited.

“The council thought to light him up because it would be a really positive thing to bring to our town entrance.”

Local electrical contractor SM Watts is planning to fit the lights this Friday if his workload allows.

The project has been funded from council funds and Mr MacDonald is pleased that people will be able to see Larry for the first time during darker hours.

“It will be great to have a photo of him at night as he has never been lit up before.”