Beautiful lanterns have been created by Daventry people and are now ready to light up the town next week.
The second lantern-making workshop, run by the town council, took place on Saturday at Daventry community centre and has been hailed another success.
Along participants of all ages, town mayor Cllr Wendy Randal and fellow councillor Ron Fox took out time to attend the workshop and make their own lanterns.
Cllr Randal said: “It was a fantastic morning and so good to really involve the community in this way.”
The workshops have been organised so that as many people as possible will be able to make lanterns to take part in the first ever Daventry Lantern Parade, which is taking place next Friday (December 4) as part of the town’s annual Spirit of Christmas event.
Instead of a lights switch-on event, the lights will be turned on prior to the parade, which will be the main event marking the countdown to Christmas in the town.
As well as running the two free workshops, Daventry Town Council has also provided free materials for 250 children from various youth organisations, enabling them to make their own lanterns to take part in the parade.
A spokesman for the town council said: “The idea has been met with great enthusiasm by the town’s Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Beavers and Air Cadets, who are all making lanterns
“It is hoped that this event is something that can be built on year on year and we would be delighted to speak to any other Daventry community groups or youth organisations who may wish to take part.”
The Spirit of Christmas event in the town centre starts at 4.30pm, with entertainment including Santa’s Grotto, face painting, street entertainers, circus skills workshops, Martin Heath from BBC Radio Northampton, pantomime stars from the Deco Theatre, Daventry Choral Society and Daventry Rotary Club with their sleigh. The lantern parade starts at 6:30pm and will be led by Liberty Drum Corps.