PICTURES & VIDEO: Norden Farm's lantern parade returns

A dark drizzly evening was transformed when the eighth annual Norden Farm Lantern Parade returned to the town centre on Saturday.

More than 400 handmade lanterns made their way through the high street led by the Beatroots Samba Band from Reading. 

The parade was organised by Norden Farm and in the five weeks leading up to it family workshops were held at the arts centre for people to make their own lanterns. 

Music from the Bollywood Brass Band got the party started outside the town hall before the parade made its way through the town, finishing up where it started for some more music and a speech from the Royal Borough's town crier. 

Liz Davey-Palkova from Burnham was enjoying the parade for the first time with son Jacob and friend Alan Thomas from Ruislip. 

Five-year-old Jacob was lighting his way with an elf lantern made at one of the workshops. 

Alan said: "It's really good, regardless of your faith or where you're from you get everyone here."

Nodern Farm's education officer Robyn Bunyan said this year's event was the best yet. 

She said: "Without a doubt it has just been getting bigger and bigger each year. 

"Even though it rained it was our best yet, it was really great to see huge beaming smiles enjoying the music."

The fun continues with an after party open to everyone on Thursday.


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