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A NEIGHBOURHOOD united and community spirit burned bright as Sharrow residents took part in the annual lantern carnival procession.

Despite a cold and wet evening families turned out in their waterproofs to proudly march with their creations from Mount Pleasant Park to the General Cemetery as dusk fell.

The 2011 Sharrow Lantern Carnival gathering at Mount Pleasant Park

The 2011 Sharrow Lantern Carnival gathering at Mount Pleasant Park

Since the beginning of January organisers have been holding weekly lantern-making workshops in Highfield and Sharrow in preparation for the procession.

Many designs were based on the theme of ‘elements’, with participants encouraged to explore ideas of science and spirituality.

The results included giant luminous mushrooms, a tissue paper submarine, and a five-foot-tall cat.

The event was the eighth since it was dreamt up by Sheffield’s Creative Action Network.

Founders wanted to celebrate the start of spring, give residents the opportunity to be creative and bring the Sharrow community together.