Christmas Lantern Parade to light up the town centre

PUBLISHED: 15:52 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:52 22 November 2018

Lantern parade. Ref exe 49-17TI 4433. Picture: Terry Ife

Lantern parade. Ref exe 49-17TI 4433. Picture: Terry Ife

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Primary school children in Exmouth are hard at work creating lanterns for what should be a magical display.

More than 250 children across six primary schools in Exmouth will be taking part in this year’s Christmas Lantern Parade.

The parade on Saturday, December 8, ‘showcases community creativity, bringing children, family and friends together from across Exmouth to celebrate the arts’.

Primary schools in Exmouth have been asked to select children to make willow lanterns to use in the Lantern Parade.

Exmouth Town Council is keen for as many of the children within the community to take part and has supplied the materials needed to create environmentally friendly and safe lanterns.

The children will have the opportunity to use their creative skills to design and make a lantern and impress spectators with their imaginatively crafted lanterns.

At 5.15pm participants will gather at Gunfield Gardens to begin the lantern-lit parade to the Strand.

Exmouth and District Pipe Band will lead the parade off at 5.30pm, passing the Pavilion and walking along Bath Road to the Water Wheel at the bottom of Beacon Hill.

The parade will then move through Manor Gardens and out through the main gates, passing the Town Hall to arrive at the Strand stage area at 6pm where the children will gather for the Christmas tree lights switch on. Festive food and drink will be on offer during the event.

“We’re walking with lanterns to share some light as we approach Christmas,” said councillor Jeff Trail, the Mayor of Exmouth.

“A light festival like this one gives the whole community the perfect excuse to take time away from their busy lives and have fun together. This is about our community coming together for a simple, free event to celebrate art, community and warmth.”

The town council has also confirmed a Christmas Fayre will take place in The Strand on Saturday, December 8, between 9am and 3pm.

Visitors can expect to see some 40 stalls offering a wide range of crafts, homemade gifts, stocking fillers and decorations. There will also be mulled wine, Christmas trees and lights, live entertainment and activities for children.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer to help on the evening contact the Town Council on 01395 276 167 or email reception@exmouth.gov.uk.

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