Creative lanterns set to showcase in procession

STUNNING lanterns have been created and decorated in a series of workshops held for the Light Up The Valley parade.

On Saturday October 28 at 6pm, the colourful creations will be led from the mill at Toll Bar, Stacksteads, near the mini roundabout, along the banks of the River Irwell into The Glade.

It is the third lantern procession arranged by Stacksteads Countryside Park Group, SCPG.

This year it has been managed by The Horse and Bamboo Theatre in Waterfoot and following the parade, participants and onlookers, will be invited to The Boo for a celebration when the O’Gorman Brothers will be entertaining and the lanterns will be displayed.

Lead Artist Ruth Evans and her son Felix have led a series of workshops, including one held at Bacup Cricket Club attended by many families.

Chair of SCPG Susan Hayhurst said: “I have been very impressed with the lanterns that have been made so far, they will form a spectacular display on the evening.

“The Light Up The Valley parade will be an amazing spectacle of colour and light and we are looking forward to welcoming hundreds of people from all over Rossendale into Stacksteads.

“Musicians will accompany the parade and, as people enjoy food at The Glade, Blow Jangles will be performing. It will be a magical evening.

“We were fortunate to secure Arts Council funding, which has enabled more workshops than ever before to be held.

“It has enabled us to bring the festival to communities, schools and organisations all over Rossendale.”

There are still plenty of opportunities to make a lantern. From Monday September 25 to Friday September 29, adults are invited to attend free lantern making workshops from 10.30am to 3pm at Globe Studios, Toll Bar, Newchurch Road, Stacksteads.

Further family sessions will be held at Globe Studios every weekend from October 7 to 22 from 10.30am to 3pm.

Susan added: “We are appealing for more help to marshal the procession and any organisation that can help is asked to contact 07876844263.”

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