Lantern parade brings community together

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Hundreds of people celebrated Bonfire Night in Darnall with a lantern parade.

The parade took place in the Sheffield area often blighted by Bonfire Night trouble as part of a campaign to revamp Darnall’s image and bring the community together.

Hundreds of children take part in the Darnall latern parade. Picture: Andrew Roe

Hundreds of children take part in the Darnall latern parade. Picture: Andrew Roe

The One Darnall Bonfire Night lantern parade was organised by community group One Darnall and attended by around 500 people from the local community despite the rain.

Many children were in fancy dress and carried homemade lanterns which had been made in schools. Prizes were given for the best lanterns and costume.

In previous years, the Darnall and Abbeydale Road areas in particular have experienced increased disorder and anti-social behaviour on Bonfire Night, including criminal use of fireworks.

In 2012, there was trouble in Darnall on November 5, after a group of youths went on the rampage. Staniforth Road was shut after up to 50 youths dragged blazing wheelie bins into the road and threw stones at passing cars.

Hundreds of children take part in the Darnall latern parade. Picture: Andrew Roe

Hundreds of children take part in the Darnall latern parade. Picture: Andrew Roe

Buses were diverted after one service was ambushed by yobs who assaulted the driver and set off fireworks on board.

Inspector Paul Ferguson, responsible for policing in the Darnall area, said: “The One Darnall lantern parade was a great success, attended by young and old members of the community alike.

“It was a lovely celebration with a fantastic atmosphere, bringing the community of Darnall together.

“In previous years, we have experienced pockets of disorder and criminality in certain areas of the city on Bonfire Night.

Hundreds of children take part in the Darnall latern parade. Picture: Andrew Roe

Hundreds of children take part in the Darnall latern parade. Picture: Andrew Roe

“This year, the actions of the city’s agencies working together, community activists and a robust policing presence led to a greatly diminished scenario.

“In total, more than 20 young men were dispersed from the area, fireworks were seized and intensive, reassuring patrols prevented any significant issues in the city.

“This meant that communities were able to enjoy the Bonfire Night festivities without disruption or concern.”

Coun Mazher Iqbal, Sheffield Council cabinet member for communities and public health, said: “We’ve been working closely with the community in Darnall to bring people together, including for the Bonfire Night celebrations. It was great to see so many people take part in such a fun and positive event.”

Hundreds of children take part in the Darnall latern parade. Picture: Andrew Roe

Hundreds of children take part in the Darnall latern parade. Picture: Andrew Roe