Lanterns created for annual parade

Animal-inspired lanterns have been created by schoolchildren across the borough for the annual Norden Farm Lantern Parade on Saturday, December 10.

The parade, run by the arts centre in Altwood Road, Maidenhead, will light up the High Street with lanterns based on mythical creatures.

More than 450 pupils from seven primary schools have been involved in the project, which is now in its eighth year.

The event is expected to draw in thousands of people, and includes live entertainment from the Bollywood Brass Band and Beatroots Samba Band.

Andrew McKell, a teacher at St Edmund Campion Primary School, said: “We have been lucky enough to have been involved in the lantern parade for the last couple of years and it has been absolutely fabulous.

“The children enjoy the creativity in making the lanterns, the parents enjoy the carnival atmosphere of the steel drum band and the teachers love to see the school community so engaged.”

Other schools involved in the project include Boyne Hill CE Infant School, Courthouse Junior School, Furze Platt Junior School, Cookham Rise Primary School, St Luke’s CE Primary School and Woodlands Park Primary School.

Parade participants will gather outside the town hall in St Ives Road from 4.30pm next Saturday, with the parade departing at 5pm.

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