COLOURFULLY dressed lantern bearers took to the streets of Gorwell and Frankmarsh in Barnstaple on Friday evening to help bring a little light to the dark winter evenings.

COLOURFULLY dressed lantern bearers took to the streets of Gorwell and Frankmarsh in Barnstaple on Friday evening to help bring a little light to the dark winter evenings.

The second annual Lantern and Fancy Dress Parade was organised by local police officers WPC Anna fielding and PCSO Steve Huxtable, plus Christine Brennan who runs the Children's Summer Club.

The event was set up to promote the strong community spirit of the area - and to raise spirits at what is often one of the less appealing times of year!

Led by Barnstaple Town Youth Band, more than 50 children, parents and friends, made their way through Gorwell and Frankmarsh to Yeo Valley School, where a disco had been organised.

Prizes were awarded for the best fancy dress and lantern, judged by Paul Hoppers (Hopps) of Lantern FM, Councillor Lesley Brown and Judith Roberts, deputy headteacher at Yeo Valley.

"The event was hugely successful and we were very pleased with the turn out, with people coming out of their houses and waving at the parade, as it passed," said WPC Anna Fielding.

"I would like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone who took part and helped with the event.