St Mary’s Event Will Bring Light To Dark Winter Nights

christmas lanterns 2012Islanders will parade through Hugh Town with homemade lanterns again next February.

The Council is arranging a second Festival of Light to coincide with the school half term.

It follows the success of the inaugural event in 2012.

Then, expert Reg Payn, who organises a similar event in Truro, came over to host five days of lantern-making workshops, culminating with a procession.

And last December, St Mary’s Methodist Church arranged their own weekly workshops for children to create lanterns for their Nativity procession.

Joel Williams of the Council’s Children’s Services says he hopes Reg’s team will work with the Church organisers and local artists like Oriel Hicks, to create a special event that engages many local families.

As well as the lantern walk, there’ll be community singing and this time they are adding shadow puppetry for the youngest children.

Joel says the idea behind the festival is to mark the days getting longer and the arrival of spring. Theme for the lantern-making will be ‘birds,’ as the organisers want to tie the event into the Seabird Recovery Project, the scheme designed to eradicate rats on St Agnes.

Joel says the festival is likely to be held every two years after the event next February.