Call for volunteers at Sharrow festival

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It may not even be Christmas yet but planing for one of Sheffield’s most popular festivals in 2015 has already begun.

The Sharrow Lantern Festival organisers are recruiting a team of volunteers to support its delivery of workshops , starting in February.

Luisa Golob, managing director of Creative Action Network, which runs the festival, said: “This year the theme will be life on Earth.

“ So whether it’s an animal from the African Sahara or a scene from the bottom of the garden we will be encouraging the community to get involved in our free lantern making workshops .

“Before then we need to recruit a dedicated team of volunteers to support with our workshop delivery.

“This is a great opportunity to get hands on experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds and supporting them to create amazing lanterns.”

It will be the 11th lantern festival next year.

The event began as part of a bid to celebrate peace after the end of the Iraq war .

Around 3,000 people attend and usually 100 volunteers help out at the festival.

This theme of this year’s event, on Monday, was ‘out of this world’.

Rockets, planets and even a giant squid on a spaceship were the stars of the show at the parade, which traditionally leads from Mount Pleasant Park and through Sharrow to end with dance celebrations and a party.

Sheffield Samba Band are also one of the main attractions on offer on the night.

Volunteers do not need to have any previous experience and training sessions will be run on January and 31.

Email creativeactionnetwork@googlemail.com for more details on becoming a volunteer for the festival or the event.