PICTURE SPECIAL: Thousands brave the cold to witness spectacular Lantern Parade - The Leamington Observer

PICTURE SPECIAL: Thousands brave the cold to witness spectacular Lantern Parade

Leamington Editorial 6th Dec, 2016   0

THOUSANDS of people braved the cold on Sunday night for Leamington fifth annual Lantern Parade.

Hundreds of handmade lanterns marched through the town for a magical display of creativity leading from the Royal Pumps Rooms and culminating around the Tree of Lights at the Town Hall.

Festive cheer was spread by singer David Harrop, the Royal Spa Brass Band and the Baptist Church Choir.

A spectacular lantern train guided its own path through the streets of Leamington with the support of Jaguar Land Rover, which led the parade.

Creative support during lantern making workshops was provided by Fran Godwin from Community Arts Workshop, who has supported the event from its inception as well as Bill Sankey.

Stephanie Kerr from BID Leamington, which organises the Parade, said: “This year’s parade was another spectacular event which saw people of all ages showcase their incredible creations.

“As always, we had an excellent turnout, with hundreds of local families taking part and getting into the festive spirit.

“We also held a Christmas toy appeal to collect toys which will be distributed to local children for Christmas.

“Everyone in the town showed a huge amount of community spirit and we received some very generous donations.

“Special thanks also to all the volunteers and families who help make this event possible.

“This year we had volunteers from Warwick University and the Rotary Club and we were also grateful for the use of The Band Factory and Pump Rooms for our workshops.”

Visit www.leamingtonlanternparade.co.uk for further information including details about next year’s event.

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