Lantern procession set to light up Sheffield sky

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A suburb of Sheffield is set to be lit up with lanterns and filled with the sound of samba music as part of a cultural-themed procession.

The dark night sky will come to life over Parkwood Springs on Saturday, October 15, as part of the second annual Beacons Lantern Procession.

Visitors can expect to be wowed by lanterns in the shape of a wide range of animals, including an elephant, a bear, deer, butterflies, rabbits and squirrels.

Meanwhile, the Sheffield Samba Band will provide the soundtrack to the evening - and visitors are welcome to play along and bring whistles, drums and other musical instruments.

Neill Schofield, chair of the Friends of Parkwood Springs, urged people to come along and join in the fun.

He said: “Last year we held our first lantern procession, which was a great success.

“This year we have got even more groups working away to make lanterns before the day.

“The procession will be great fun, and people will be able to enjoy the spectacular views over the city as dusk falls and the lights come on.”

Visitors are asked to gather at the Cooks Wood Road/Shirecliffe Road car park from 3pm to make a willow lantern with an electric candle.

Artist Patrick Amber will be on hand to help out and materials will be provided.

Then at 5.45pm the procession will set off from the car park through the woods to the viewpoint overlooking the city, accompanied by the Sheffield Samba Band.

Those taking part are advised to wrap up warm and bring torches.

The event has been organised by the Friends of Parkwood Springs, with support from Sheffield Council.

Parkwood Springs is about a mile outside of the city centre.

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