01:02AM, Monday 16 December 2013
A lantern procession brought Shakespearean magic to Maidenhead on Saturday.
Between 500 and 600 people turned up at Maidenhead Town Hall armed with lanterns which had been made by pupils at seven primary schools across the Royal Borough, as well as at workshops run at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead library and the Nicholsons shopping centre.
Oliver Laurenson-Gore, education officer at Norden Farm, said: "The lanterns were made of willow and tissue paper. There were also globes the children could put coloured tissue paper on. The results covered everything from the skull in Hamlet to hearts for Romeo and Juliet.
"One family had made a lantern so big it was taller than the child."
The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner, started the parade which set off around the town centre. It ended up at the Boy with the Boat statue, where Maidenhead Community Choir and pupils from St Luke's and Cookham Dean primary schools were led in a concert by conductor Tina Reibl.
The lantern parade drew to a close a day of festive fun in the town centre which also included a reindeer parade earlier in the afternoon.
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