Annual parade is all set to light up the streets

Sharrow Lantern Parade winds its way from Mount Pleasant Park along London Road to the General Cemetery
Sharrow Lantern Parade winds its way from Mount Pleasant Park along London Road to the General Cemetery
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LANTERNS created by more than 1,000 Sheffielders will light up the night sky this weekend for an annual community festival.

The Sharrow Lantern Carnival tomorrow will see local residents and visitors parade through the streets carrying hand-crafted lights made from willow, tissue paper and string.

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

Organiser Luisa Golob said she is hoping this year’s event will be the biggest one yet.

She said: “The festival is the only event of its kind in Sheffield.

“It is an absolute spectacle with 1,000 people walking down 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.”

This year’s festival theme is ‘roots’ - which has led budding artists to incorporate trees, flowers and even carrots into their lantern designs.

Workshops have been held at the Old Junior School, South View Road, and at The Hub on Sharrow Lane.

Tomorrow’s carnival will take place at Mount Pleasant Park at 7.30pm, with festival goers hoping to celebrate in the April evening sun.

The parade is in its ninth year and has previously received small grants from local community assemblies.

However, organisers have had to rely on donations and fundraising events this year after Sheffield Council announced it is closing the assemblies to cut costs.