The village of Stacksteads is set to shine when hundreds of beautifully decorated and lit lanterns parade through the streets and along the riverbank.
Stacksteads Countryside Park Group, SCPG, will be hosting the fourth Light up the Valley lantern procession in October half-term.
Chairman of SCPG Susan Hayhurst said: “The procession has just got better and better over the years and each year the number of lanterns and participants continues to grow.
“Yet it still retains its village charm and that is what makes the parade in Stacksteads even more special.
“Last year we had a brilliant attendance and we introduced something different with the lanterns being paraded around the perimeter of Stacksteads Rec so people could see just how many there were, before they followed the path by the riverside.
“This year Rossendale Drum Majorettes will be leading the procession and there will be a drone flying overhead to film the parade. It really is a magical event and one we hope attracts an even larger crowd.”
Last year’s animal-themed procession boasted a huge unicorn, made by Caroline Eccles, from Waterfoot, along with owls, giraffe, a rhino, penguin and tigers.
Susan said: “Sadly this year we have not received an Arts Council grant, however SCPG is covering the cost of the marquee that will be in The Glade at the end of the parade, where refreshments and food will be served while Blow Jangles entertain.
“The event is also supported by a grant from Reaps Moss Community Fund and Rossendale Communities Fund.”
A series of making workshops will be held every Saturday from September 29 to October 20.
Lead Artists Ruth and Felix Evans will be running the free workshops at Globe Arts, Toll Bar, Stacksteads, from 10.30am to 4pm. All welcome and children should be accompanied by an adult.
Acre Mill Baptist Church, Stacksteads, will be running its own lantern making session.
Susan praised the work of Ruth and her son who work tirelessly to run the workshops to help people create lanterns of all designs, shapes and sizes.
She added: “Ruth has been so supportive of Stacksteads and the lantern festival right from the start and she puts in far more than is asked of her and always has done; she is an absolute star.
“The workshops and the parade are all about bringing the community together.”
The procession will be on Saturday October 27 meeting at Toll Bar Mill car park at 6pm.