Lantern Parade illuminates Barton Christmas Festival
The culmination of a five days of lantern making workshops, Barton upon Humber’s Lantern Parade, drew widespread praise and admiration as it wound its way through the snow-bound town centre streets as part of the town’s Christmas Festival.
Children’s charity ST-ART had ensured that the October half-term had a full timetable of lantern workshops both in Barton and surrounding villages.
“This was the fourth Lantern Parade organised by ST-ART and the first when we actually paraded with snow on the ground which made it extra special,” said ST-ART project co-ordinator Janine Knight. “This year the theme was giant bugs and the lanterns certainly drew some appreciative glances.”
“I was delighted with the support that the Lantern Parade drew both from the young people who took part in the Barton workshops and those from the surrounding villages as well as their parents and carers who, despite the weather, made every effort to ensure their children were able to take part,” said ST-ART co-ordinator Janine Knight who organised the workshops and the parade.
The parade, featuring illuminated lanterns of beasts and bugs of all sizes and descriptions made from dried willow and tissue, drew admiring glances from spectators lining the streets from The Ropewalk to the High Street, as well as those looking at the parade from the comfort of their own homes.
“Thanks to funding from Children in Need we were able to expand our workshops to include villages around Barton, while Barton upon Humber Town Council’s very generous grant enabled us to provide week long workshops within the town.”