Daventry ready for its festive lantern parade

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Over the past two weeks youth groups and individuals have been working hard to create lanterns for Daventry’s festive parade next Friday.

Organised by Daventry Town Council, the Lantern Parade on Friday December 4 will mark the start of the festive season in the town with the Christmas lights being switched on for the first time for the event.

Workshops have been held over the past two Saturdays for people wanting to create their own lanterns and join in with the parade.

Leaders of youth groups have been trained in making the lanterns so their groups can make their own as well. Youngsters from the Phoenix Centre have also been involved, getting creative with their lanterns.

The lanterns will create a truly magical effect which will light up Daventry and enhance the town centre’s Christmas lights which will be on for the event.”

There will be entertainment in the town from 4.30pm with the lantern parade starting at 6.30pm led by Liberty Drum Corps and departing from the Library Car Park, it will head around the town centre before ending in Sheaf Street at approximately 7pm.

The entertainment will then continue with the singing of traditional carols.

Other attractions will include a Grotto, face painting, street entertainers and an opportunity for children to learn some circus skills.

Martin Heath from BBC Radio Northampton will keep the public informed of events from the Gazebo at the top of Sheaf Street and introduce special guests which include pantomime stars from The Deco Theatre, a performance by Daventry Choral Society. The town’s Rotary Club will also be in attendance with Santa and his sleigh.

The lanterns which are made from willow and tissue paper are very simple to make; the light is provided by attaching a torch or LED candle carried on bamboo cane. If you want to have a go at creating one details can be found on the town council’s website at http://goo.gl/QQXkWV.