Sharrow lantern festival shines bright

Sharrow Lantern Festival
Sharrow Lantern Festival
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IT WAS the perfect evening for an event which is fast becoming a firm fixture on Sheffield’s social calendar.

Conditions were clear, cold and there wasn’t a breath of wind as the annual Sharrow Lantern Festival got underway.

Incredible lanterns created by over a thousand Sheffielders bobbed through the streets lighting up the night sky above Mount Pleasant Park for the annual community festival.

The event last night saw large crowds of local residents and visitors parade through the streets carrying hand-crafted lights made from willow, tissue paper and string.

The festival was organised by the Creative Action Network, which has been staging free lantern-making workshops since February to help participants get creative.

And they did exactly that, fashioning fantastic lanterns around this year’s theme of roots.

Budding artists incorporated trees, flowers and even carrots into their lantern designs which lit up the night sky as darkness fell.

Organiser Luisa Golob said this year’s was the biggest yet.

She said: “The festival is the only event of its kind in Sheffield.It is an absolute spectacle with a thousand people walking around the streets of Sharrow. It is an opportunity to come together as a community and see so many different lantern creations.

“The event attracts so many people year after year, and it is fantastic for families with live music and dance as well.”