Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The Lantern Parade

A stunning event on Tuesday evening, starting at Collett park. A dark snow covered park was a picturesque backdrop for an amazing array of lanterns, all shapes and sizes, lit by a colourful Led lights.
Photo Ian Sumner -seen on Shepton Life
Photo Ian Sumner - seen on Shepton Life
Photo Ian Sumner -seen on Shepton Life
As people gathered around the band stand the 'Dark Hare' was released into the darkness leaving a trail of red dyed flour for a group of daring runners to follow. The race began through a corridor of lanterns.
Photo Ian Sumner - seen on Shepton Life
The Samba band arrived with echos of drums around the still park, an experience not to be missed. Their festive rhythm led the parade through the town down to the Market Cross where the band performed. 
Photo Ian Sumner-seen on Shepton Life
Photograph by Kate Lovell - seen on Stand up 4 Shepton
Located in the workshop premises at No3, hot spiced cider and hot food was served to finish the event with a party.
Photo by Kate Lovell -seen on Stand Up 4 Shepton
The Lantern Parade was organised by Martin Berkeley, just for fun!
It receives no public funding but is supported by the following individuals and organisations:
Garden designer and willow artist Angela Morley designed, planned and ran the school workshops and also made the giant lanterns in the shop window display.
Coxley Developments premises at No 3 Town Street were used for the Saturday workshops and the finale party
The Samba band has been supported by Michael Eavis and Glastonbury Festival. 
Gaymers donated the cider sold at the after-parade party.
Shepton Mallet’s regeneration group has provided insurance cover, high visibility vests and marshals for the lantern parade.
The Mendip Hills Hash House Harriers have provided marshals and insurance cover for the Dash in the Dark. 

A festive toast to Martin & Angela! 
A wonderful creative spirit is evolving in Shepton Mallet!

Shepton Life"There was a wonderful event last night (the Solstice) that even the arctic conditions could not stop, and it seems a new Shepton Mallet institution has been born!"
Shepton Mallet People“The best thing that’s happened in Shepton”, “an amazing event” and “this must become an annual event”
Stand Up 4 Shepton "It was so wonderful it simply MUST become what Christmas is all about in Shepton. Well done Martin and Angela and everyone - young and not so young - who joined in and made such a great collection of brilliant lanterns!!
Shepton Paper Lanterns
"The heavy snow did not deter the last lantern-making workshop but did help to get us in the festive spirit."


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