Lantern festival rockets ahead with space theme

Volunteers make lanterns ahead of the Sharrow Lantern Parade. Arlo Hutchinson (21 months) help his dad Stuart Hutchinson build one of the lanterns.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Volunteers make lanterns ahead of the Sharrow Lantern Parade. Arlo Hutchinson (21 months) help his dad Stuart Hutchinson build one of the lanterns. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Creative residents got stuck into the challenge of lighting up their city by making lanterns for a special parade.

Families attended the sessions in Sharrow, which are being held in the run-up to the tenth Sharrow Lantern Festival on Sunday, April 13.

Volunteers make lanterns ahead of the Sharrow Lantern Parade. Constructing the framework of his UFO lantern, Patrick Amber from Pitsmoor.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Volunteers make lanterns ahead of the Sharrow Lantern Parade. Constructing the framework of his UFO lantern, Patrick Amber from Pitsmoor. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

The theme of this year’s festival – which started as a way to remember the end of the Iraq war - is space.

And out-of-this-world creations including rockets, planets and even a giant squid on a spaceship have already been produced.

Festival director Luisa Golob said: “The festival is going really well, I think it is probably the busiest it has been ever at the workshops, they are packed out.

“We have already had some incredible lanterns, everything from Daleks to shooting stars, astronauts and a giant squid sitting on a spaceship – it’s bonkers.

“This theme seems to have really captured people’s imagination.”

Weekly Saturday workshops run at The Old Junior School in Sharrow between 1pm and 5pm until the day of the festival.

Stewards are also needed to help run the celebration, which attracts thousands of people each year and includes dance performances.

Email Luisa Golob on creativeactionnetwork@googlemail.com if you can help.