Children's lanterns will shine in Barnstaple

CHILDREN and young people from Barnstaple will next Friday evening (Jan 22) be taking part in the annual Lantern Parade in the Gorwell and Frankmarsh areas of the town. In preparation for the event they will on Tuesday be learning how to make lanterns to

CHILDREN and young people from Barnstaple will next Friday evening (Jan 22) be taking part in the annual Lantern Parade in the Gorwell and Frankmarsh areas of the town.

In preparation for the event they will on Tuesday be learning how to make lanterns to carry with them.

The event is being sponsored by bus operator First Devon and Cornwall and the parade and its associated craft activities have been organised by the local Community Policing team and the Children's Summer Club for the Community.

The parade has run annually for the past three years after initially being set up to combat anti-social behaviour, giving young people both something to do and an outlet for their creativity. In addition to taking part in the parade, children are also engaged in other worthwhile and fun activities throughout the year, including gardening projects, carnival preparations, fun days and barbecues.


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Children's Summer Club secretary Christine Brennan said: "The parade was the brainchild of PC Anna Fielding from Devon and Cornwall Police and since its first year it has gone from strength to strength. We have been learning how to make lanterns. The children have been painting the glass jam jars and generally preparing for the parade. On Friday, many of them in fancy dress and each carrying either a lantern or a torch, they will be led through the streets by a Samba band. It will be great spectacle."

Following the parade, which leaves Gorwell play area at 6.30pm, the children and young people will attend a disco. Prizes for the best fancy dress will be given out by Nigel Ovey, an inspector for bus company First Devon and Cornwall, which is sponsoring the event, providing funding for the craft materials, venue hire, DJ, refreshments, Samba band and competition prizes.

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For more information about the Children's Summer Club, including details of the Lantern Parade itself, log onto: http://beehive.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/childrenssumerclub.

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