Jolly Red Jumbo


Let’s talk about Jumbo.

Oh dear…

But wait? What’s this?

Let’s not politicise the white elephant that sits on top of Sunny Colch; let’s celebrate it, and with a brilliant cause as well.

Which is why on 10 December the monument to the wonders of Victorian water engineering will be lit up red.


This is all part of the ACE Robin Cancer Trust’s annual #RedforRobin day.

It will be five years to the day on 10 December that 24 year-old Robin Freeman of Wivenhoe sadly died after his battle with germ cell cancer.

Each year on this day the charity encourages everyone to wear red in his honour. For 2016 this will mean Jumbo as well.

Talk about painting the town red, etc.

The proud illuminations to support this equally proud local charity will start at 5pm.

A little extra help (and no doubt dosh…) has been made available via those very good folk of Colchester company GoodMove Moving & Storage.

Jumbo has been politicised to pieces over recent years. It is truly wonderful to hear some good news coming out of the big red brick tower on this day of all days, when politics is a little but… meh.

Well done Robin Cancer Trust for bypassing the political and working towards the positive.