Colourful countdown to carnival is under way

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LOOK at these lovely lanterns!

An exhibition celebrating the Sharrow Lantern Carnival - which will be held for the eighth year running on Sunday, April 1 - has just opened.

The display of lanterns, photos and other artworks created for the popular community festival has gone on show in the Old Junior School on South View Road, and will run until Saturday, March 31.

This year’s event will see a parade stretch through the streets of Sharrow from Mount Pleasant Park to the park at the General Cemetery.

Previous carnivals have included samba bands, African drumming, fire spinning and the handmade lanterns of every shape and colour, from giant geese with golden wings to glowing flames and pitchforks.

A festival spokeswoman said: “As usual, this year’s event will be a chance for the residents of this culturally diverse area to take to the streets in the name of art, music and dance. It is a chance to show the creativity and cultural diversity which is at the heart of Sharrow.”