Bright lanterns light up the town in annual parade

Bright lanterns light up the town in annual parade

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Amanda Hall

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Bright lanterns light up the town in annual parade

Hundreds of glowing lanterns lit up Maidenhead town centre on Saturday in an annual parade organised by Norden Farm.

About 300 youngsters and parents braved the chilly weather to carry intricately crafted lanterns shaped like the planets as well as stars, rockets and moons.

A band of samba drummers led the colourful parade from the Town Hall in St Ives Road through the Nicholsons Centre and into the High Street.

Norden Farm education officer Oliver Laurenson-Gore, who helped organise the Passing of the Planets Parade, said it was the biggest one the Altwood Road centre had ever put on.

He said: "It has just been really fantastic and I think everybody really enjoyed it."

The 400 lanterns in the parade had been made by each person using paper and willow at free workshops held at schools and in the library.

Schools taking part in the event, which has been running for four years, included Ellington Primary School, St Luke's Primary School, Cookham Rise Primary School and Holy Trinity CE Primary School.

It ended with a finale concert in which parade-goers were treated to a sing-a-long led by the Norden Farm Community Choir.

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