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Preparations start for annual Maidenhead Lantern Parade

Dragons, unicorns and giants will hit the streets of Maidenhead for the town’s annual Lantern Parade next month.

Thousands of children and their families are expected to turn out for the family event, run by Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, which this year will be themed around ‘mythical creatures’.

Last year, about 1,200 people joined the parade as it made its way through the town centre and organisers are hoping they will attract even more on Saturday, December 10.

Robyn Bunyan, education officer at Norden Farm and one of the event’s organisers, said: “There’s nothing else like it in the area. It’s something that’s unique, creative and it brings the whole community together, whether you’re in the parade or have just seen it going on in the town, or even if you’ve been in a pub on a Saturday night and seen it going by.

“I just love it.”

Preparations for the event, which is now in its eighth year, are due to start on Saturday, November 19, when workshops will begin for youngsters to start work on their creations.

Costing just £3 per person and held at Norden Farm and the Nicholsons Centre, they are open to anyone.

On the parade day, live music starts at 4.30pm before the parade departs from outside Maidenhead Town Hall at 5pm.

Once again, the Bollywood Brass Band will lead the procession.

They will be joined by Beatroots Samba Band, Reading’s community drumming group, to add to the party atmosphere.

Norden Farm will be working with award-winning community arts charity Same Sky, which has helped create the last five parades.

Each year, Norden Farm raises more than £15,000 to be able to produce the parade, which is supported by the Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation, The Prince Philip Trust Fund, The Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust, RBWM Kidwells Park Trust and The Shanly Foundation.

Visit www.norden.farm to find out more and book a spot in a workshop.

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