Lantern parade set to light up north Lichfield

The lantern parade through Lichfield

The lantern parade through Lichfield

Lanterns will be lighting up the streets of north Lichfield once more at special event.

Following last year’s spectacular lantern procession, local groups and agencies are once again inviting everyone to get involved again this year.

B Arts will be holding a series of lantern workshops so that local people can create their own handheld, candlelit lanterns ready for the procession on October 30.

All the workshops are free and open to people of all ages. They will be taking place throughout autumn half term at Curborough Community Centre on:

  • October 24, 1pm-6pm
  • October 25, 10am-4pm
  • October 26, 5.15-8pm
  • October 27, 10am-12 noon and 2pm-4pm
  • October 28, 4.15pm-7.30pm
  • October 29, 5.15pm-8pm

To book your place, call Moira Taylor on 01543 308167 or drop in and see Kim Wilkins at Curborough Community Centre, or the volunteers at the Jigsaw shop on Dimbles Lane. For both the workshops and the procession, children under 12 years of age need to be accompanied by someone aged 16 or over.

Amanda Newbold, from North Lichfield Community and Learning Partnership, said:

“Last year’s procession was a highlight of the year, and so we’re all looking forward to this year’s event. It’s a fantastic celebration of the north Lichfield community and we hope lots of people will get involved, or simply cheer us on as we pass by with our lanterns.”

Anyone wanting to take part in the procession is asked to arrive at Curborough Community Centre at 6pm for the one hour procession, which will be setting off from the centre at 6.30pm.

The route goes from Curborough Community Centre, down Reynolds close, along Weston Road turning into Dimbles Lane, down Dimbles Hill into Leyfields Secret Community Garden, out onto Leyfields turning into Curborough Road, then back onto Weston Road, along Reynolds Close and finishing off back at Curborough Community Centre. Motorists are advised that there may be short delays.

Jennie Crosby, Lichfield District Council’s Community Development worker added:

“After the parade there will be cake and refreshments. Donations are welcome, which will to go towards supporting local charities and next year’s event.”

The lantern procession has been made possible by support from North Lichfield Community and Learning Partnership, North Lichfield Initiative, Lichfield District Council, B Arts, Adult and Community Learning Partnership, Lichfield & District CVS, Lichfield City Council, Curborough Community Centre, St John Ambulance, Staffordshire Youth Service, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, South Staffordshire Age Concern, Lichfield District Community Safety Partnership, Staffordshire Police, HomeZone Living, Lichfield Adventure Playcare Association (LAPA), and plenty of volunteers.

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