The brollies are back! Coppergate umbrellas return to brighten up York city centre

Colourful Coppergate… Photographs: Jay Commins

The Brollywalk is back, bringing a welcome splash of colour to York city centre.

Thirty-six rainbow umbrellas have been installed above Coppergate Walk.

Although the shops within the centre remain closed, the street is still well-used by key workers parking in the neighbouring Castle Car Park, families enjoying their daily walks and cycle rides through the city centre, and takeaway customers for the two street-food operators within St Mary’s Square – YO31 Wood Fired Pizza Co. and The Cattle Shed.

“We had planned for Brollywalk to return this summer,” said Coppergate Centre manager Pippa Unwin.

“But rather than postponing until the shops reopen, we decided to bring forward our Rainbow Brollywalk, which we introduced last year to celebrate York Pride,”

A popular sight
Rainbow parade

“Rainbows have been adopted as a symbol of hope and celebration during this peculiar time, so we are hoping that this will help lift the spirits of those who see it in person.”

She encouraged everyone to share photos and videos of the rainbow brollies via social media with the #Brollywalk tag.

“We could all do with something cheery and uplifting at the moment.”

Retailers around the city are waiting for confirmation from the government that it is safe to re-open.

The Coppergate team is working with stores and authorities to ensure that shoppers can have a safe, enjoyable experience when they return.