19th Dec, 2018

PICTURES - Lantern parade lights up Leamington

A ‘DAZZLING’ display lit up the town at Leamington’s annual lantern parade.

More than 1,500 people turned out to watch some 500 lanterns from the new setting of Jephson Gardens – where the town’s former light show ‘The Lights of Leamington’ was held for a decade until 1961.

Since then the lantern parade has been held at the Pump Room Gardens, but due to restoration work currently taking place the annual event had to be moved. It was also renamed ‘Luminate Leamington’.

But change did not stop revellers who turned out to enjoy the festive parade and see brightly-lit designs including a giant Snowman, ‘super cat’ and dinosaurs.

There were also illuminated hula-hoopers and stilt-walking angels who joined in the crowds as the procession of lanterns weaved its way around the gardens before heading to the Town Hall for carols by the Christmas tree.

Alison Shaw, project manager at Leamington Business Improvement District (BID) said: ““The array of lanterns was spectacular with some truly creative designs and it was fantastic to see so many from the local community once again enjoying this firm favourite in the festive calendar.

“Our vision is for Luminate Leamington to grow as an event and we would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in creating an illumination for next year, whether an activity, performance or installation.”

Visit bidleamington.com to get in touch or find out more.

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