MORE than 50 people from the Gorwell and Frankmarsh community of Barnstaple took part in a fancy dress lantern parade on Friday evening. Organised by their local police officer WPC Anna Fielding and community support officers Matt Reed and Steve Huxtable,

MORE than 50 people from the Gorwell and Frankmarsh community of Barnstaple took part in a fancy dress lantern parade on Friday evening.Organised by their local police officer WPC Anna Fielding and community support officers Matt Reed and Steve Huxtable, the event was to promote the strong community spirit and to brighten lives at a sometimes depressing time of the year.Barnstaple Town Youth Band led the way as the procession made its way through Gorwell and Frankmarsh to Yeo Valley School for judging of the fancy dress and home-made lanterns by North Devon MP Nick Harvey, Devon County Council leader Cllr Brian Greenslade and Karen from Lantern FM.WPC Fielding said: January is usually a quiet time of the year, with a post-Christmas lull, and I think this sort of event during the long winter evenings will help lift people's spirits. The event was hugely successful and we were very pleased with the turnout. We had people coming out of their houses and waving at the parade as it passed," said WPC Fielding.Winners were: Under 7s - Alicia Ridd (princess), Rheanna White-Quinn (queen) and Duchess Chloe Morley (duchess). Seven-11 yrs - 1 Amber Lock; 2 Carl Found; 3 Jessica Ayres. 12 plus - 1 Connor Found; 2 Fred Ovey; joint 3 Cllr Lesley Brown and Christine Brennan.