COMMUNITY spirit shone brightly through the evening dusk, as three thousands people marched through Sheffield for the ninth annual Sharrow Lantern Carnvival.
For months they had been cutting and gluing, sketching and sticking, and dreaming up the wonderful shapes that would light up the night sky.
Since January the Creative Action Network - which has organised the annual extravaganza since 2004 - has been holding lantern-making workshops every week in Sharrow Old Junior School and Highfield Trinity Church.
All that work and creativity paid off last night, on a glorious spring evening, as the procession made its way from Mount Pleasant Park to the General Cemetery.
There were musicians, costumes, dancers, fire jugglers, music, performers and entertainers.
And above it all floated an astonishing array of colourful, creative lanterns, lifted high into the Sheffield sky.
This year’s theme was ‘magic’ - and the people of Sharrow had conjured up a range of mystical creatures, dragons, and even a rabbit in a hat.
Organiser Luisa Golob said: “This event is all about getting out and celebrating Sharrow and our community.
“There has been real enthusiasm this year - people have been really interested and the workshops have been really well attended since the very beginning.
“The driving force is bringing people together for these free workshops - giving people the opportunity to come together every weekend and be creative.”
Simon Dewick, 52, of Brampton Road, Sharrow was carrying a rainbow lantern. He said: “It’s a great festival, it’s always a beautiful expression of connectiveness.
“It’s a great neighbourhood event. Sharrow has got a real sense of community. The diversity of this area is wonderful, and everyone talks to each other it’s really friendly.”
Hollie Hayward, 28, from Nether Edge was part of a team of 12 who made a unicorn.
She said: “We came last year and loved it so decided to get involved.”