Parade set to shine at attraction

The fire breathing dragon which is part of the lantern display at Woodhorn. Picture by Daniel Garside.
The fire breathing dragon which is part of the lantern display at Woodhorn. Picture by Daniel Garside.

A community project is aiming to shine when it goes on display at a popular visitor attraction.

A spectacular lantern parade, featuring a fire breathing dragon, will be at Woodhorn Museum on Sunday, December 1.

From October to December, hundreds of people across south east Northumberland have taken part in a key community engagement project.

This project is enabling people to learn and share new skills, work with professional artists and take part in a number of public events.

In October, more than 40 group leaders – representing 19 community organisations, from scouts to family therapy centres – joined professional artists to learn how to make delicate paper and willow lanterns.

Since then, they have passed on their new skills and it is estimated that more than 300 lanterns have been made.

Groups are also working with artists to build giant lanterns, up to 7ft high, representing creatures related to each town, including a Bedlington Terrier, pit pony in Ashington, a Phoenix in Cramlington, a Lion in Blyth, a goat in Seaton Delaval, and a fish in Newbiggin.

The group lanterns and the giant lanterns have featured in Christmas light switch on events in each town this month.

And all the groups and large lanterns will come together at Woodhorn on December 1 for a finale parade.

The parade will also feature nearly 200 choral singers from community choirs across south east Northumberland, led by the organisation 20,000 Voices; Drumdin, a samba percussion group and a giant fire-breathing dragon which is built on the chassis of a mini cooper car.

The winter parade event at Woodhorn is free and open to everyone, and will take place from 4.30pm.

Families are being invited to attend the parade, but they are encouraged to wrap up warm.

Although the event is free, parking at Woodhorn is £3, but free to those with a lantern.

For more information about the parade visit www.baittime.to/shine.aspx