Lantern parade brings Christmas joy

FLICKERING candles lit the children’s excited faces as the Christmas Lantern Parade made its way through Great Yarmouth last night.

Led by reindeer, the parade covered the short distance from Christchurch on King Street to the Market Place.

Between 150 and 200 children made their own lanterns to take part in the parade, which included Yarmouth Mayor Michael Jeal.

Lantern making workshops were held at Yarmouth Library and the Priory Centre and at Greenacre, Alderman Swindell and St Nicholas Priory Schools.

Before the procession children tried their hand at making cards and gift tags in a Christmas craft session at the library.

The parade was followed by carols in the Market Place led by the Salvation Army and members of Dusmagrik Productions youth theatre company.

Now in its fourth year, the parade was organised by Jankie D’s and the Town Centre Partnership with support from ComeUnity, Yarmouth Library, Community Connections and Sea Change Arts.

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Steve Drummond, of Jankie D’s, said: “It was quite a spectacle and the feedback was it was the most successful parade so far.

“The lanterns were made with tissue paper and willow and the younger children had lights instead of candles. Some people take part every year so they have started experimenting with different designs.

“I would like to thank the community for supporting the event and everyone who came along on the night.”