200 youngsters illuminate Poole streets for lantern parade

Bournemouth Echo: 200 youngsters illuminate Poole streets for lantern parade 200 youngsters illuminate Poole streets for lantern parade

OVER 200 children illuminated the streets of Poole town centre on Thursday night for a procession led by the Mayor of Poole.

The traditional lantern parade saw kids of all ages walk down to the High Street following Cllr Phil Eades and the town crier from Falkland Square to the Guildhall for the event, which was organised by Poole Town Centre Partnership.

Sylvan Infants, Oakdale Junior, Twin Sails Infants, Old Town First and Turlin Moor Community Schools created masterpieces with swan and heart themes, with the help of Wave Arts Education.

Poole Sea Cadets and stilt walkers also took part in the procession, which was sponsored by Breeze Volkswagen, finishing with carols and mince pies with the Old Town Conservation Group.

John Corderoy, Managing Director of Breeze Volkswagen, described the event as a real highlight of the Christmas season.

He said: “From small beginnings it has grown into a wonderful evening involving the whole community that really inspires the creativity of the children who take part.

He added: “We are extremely proud to be involved in something that has become such a popular Poole tradition packed with the spirit of Christmas.”

Cllr Judy Butt, portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, said: “The lantern parade is always a lovely event that brings the community together at this special time.

She added: “It is fantastic to see the children getting to show off all their hard work making lanterns over the last few weeks and create a celebration that is a truly traditional treat.”

Free parking is available for Christmas shoppers in town centre car parks from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday evenings until December 19, and on Sundays from 10am to 6pm until December 22.

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