Church Road Lantern Parade
Saturday 24 February 2018 saw a magnificent Lantern Parade bring light and life to Church Road and St George Park.
Saturday 24 February saw Church Road and St George Park lit up by the fourth Church Road Lantern Parade.
This year’s parade was titled “A Memory of Elephants and Other Collective Nouns” and was the culmination of six months of workshops held with local people.
The parade included models of different groups of animals, amongst which were included a sack of jellyfish, a pandemonium of parrots, a skulk of foxes and a school of fish.
The event was organised by the Lamplighters, a company of artists local to the Church Road area.
“It’s about reclaiming the night,” explained Lamplighter Dee Moxon. “I think that it is important to get out into the park and use it because the more people there are in the park the safer we all feel.” Dee explained that the collective nouns theme was chosen as they felt that it would be the best way to engage with local schools in a way that would work with their curriculum.
“People are really going in for it – I’m tempted to keep it every year! It allows people to choose what they want to do within it.”
(Video courtesy of Neil Clark)