Sheffield residents get set for magical lantern festival

Lantern makers busy on their creations ready for the Sharrow Lantern Festival.
Lantern makers busy on their creations ready for the Sharrow Lantern Festival.
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Residents in Sheffield are getting set to light up the streets with a host of giant lanterns.

People are busy preparing their masterpieces for the annual Sharrow Lantern Festival next month, which this year has a ‘Life on Earth’ theme.

A lantern maker busy ahead ofr the Sharrow Lantern Festival.

A lantern maker busy ahead ofr the Sharrow Lantern Festival.

Crowds take to the streets during the festival, now in its 11th year, with dozens of weird and wonderful lanterns to celebrate community and culture.

Luisa Golob, festival director, said: “There have been all sorts of lanterns in the past, from owls to enormous elephants and squids.

“Last year the theme was ‘Space’ and we had Daleks, spacemen, Star Trek things and various other crazy lanterns. This year, there is lots of talk about whales and elephants. Some are as big as cars.”

The festival started off 11 years ago as a celebration of the end of the war in Iraq.

Lantern makers busy on their creations ready for the Sharrow Lantern Festival. Picture: Glenn Ashley.

Lantern makers busy on their creations ready for the Sharrow Lantern Festival. Picture: Glenn Ashley.

It has gone on to be a popular community event for people of all ages.

From January to April, workshops take place each weekend so people can get to work creating their lanterns using willow, tissue paper and bamboo.

On event night – Sunday, April 12 – revellers will gather at Mount Pleasant Park off Abbeydale Road at 7.30pm, before setting off in a parade at 8pm with their lanterns lit up using battery-powered lights.

The parade will last about an hour and will end in the General Cemetery, on Cemetery Avenue, at 9pm.

Residents are welcome to attend the weekend workshops and get started on a lantern creation.

Sessions are held at the Old Junior School, South View Road, Sharrow, on Saturdays, from 1pm to 5pm, and Sundays, from noon to 4pm.