Lantern parade set to light up town centre

Lantern parade set to light up town centre

Luke Matthews

Lantern parade set to light up town centre

Crafty families have been busy making lanterns ahead of a colourful parade due to take place in Maidenhead town centre.

Children at last year's parade

 Hundreds of children are expected to take part in the parade organised by Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on Saturday, December 14, which begins outside the Town Hall at 5pm.

There will also be a celebratory concert around the boy and the boat statue and a special street market hosted by the SL6 Supper Club.

Shakespeare has been chosen as this year's theme to continue the festival celebrating his work which has been running at Norden Farm in Altwood Road since September.

It has included a live screening of Othello from the National Theatre, a Bollywood adaptation of Cymbeline, a visit from the Reduced Shakespeare Company and a Shakespeare a la carte event.

Dancers can also now be spotted outside the centre as well as inside following the completion of the first stage of its living sculpture.

Artist Trevor Leat has created a 'family circle' sculpture of three dancing figures in front of the Long Barn, which is still a work in progress and will be wrapped in willow in February, allowing it to change and grow with the seasons.

Sally Worman, marketing manager at the arts centre, said: "We love them and everybody comments on them and how good they look."

Work on the sculpture began on Monday, October 21 and the lottery grant funded project included a series of free workshops teaching the weaving techniques involved.

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