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Mythical creatures to light up annual lantern parade

Workshops are set to start next month ahead of the return of Norden Farm Centre for the Arts’ annual Lantern Parade.

The family event takes place on Saturday, December 10, and is free to attend. It features willow lanterns created along a theme, which will this year be ‘mythical creatures’.

Now in its eighth year, it is hoped the parade will be even bigger than the last, which saw an impressive 1,200 people taking part.

Event curator Robyn Bunyan, Norden Farm’s education manager, said: “The Lantern Parade is my favourite event of the year, and there are a lot to choose from.

“Being able to work with and talk to so many different people throughout the project is brilliant, and when it all comes together on the night it is really breathtaking.

“The event takes around a year of fundraising and planning, but being able to produce these events for Norden Farm is a real privilege. I love my job! I am looking forward to making this parade our biggest yet.”

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

The Bollywood Brass Band will also be returning to lead the procession, joined by Beatroots Samba Band, Reading’s community drumming group, to add to the party atmosphere.

Lantern making workshops will be running throughout November and December and are suitable for all the family – participants over the years have ranged in age from two to 92.

They cost £3 per person. On the day, live music starts at 4.30pm before the parade departs from outside Maidenhead Town Hall at 5pm.

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.

Workshop tickets are available from the Box Office on 01628 788997 or online at www.nordenfarm.org.

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