R & M Productions Ltd, who are a Teeside based event production company, lit up the Middlesbrough Empire building on Monday as part of a nationwide campaign.

R & M Productions usual credits include providing lighting and rigging equipment for shows for artists such as Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne and Simple Minds at venues such as Darlington Arena, O2 Academy Newcastle and City Hall.

The business is currently out of work due to the events cancellations and volunteered to light the Middlesbrough Empire building in support of the #lightitinred campaign, trying to raise support for companies and individuals in the events industry supply chain who are out of work.

Peter Shorten, Director of R & M Productions, said: "We're working to highlight the huge number of individuals and companies from the event industry supply chain that are currently out of work due to the number of cancelled events.

"We welcome the announcement of the much needed support for venues, but the supply chain is in urgent need of additional grants and a sector specific extension to the Job Retention Scheme in order to prevent mass redundancies and insolvencies across the industry."