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Magical Lanterns to Illuminate the Town Centre

A magical lantern parade through Burnley town centre will illuminate this year’s Christmas lights switch-on.

The event, which will take place from 4pm on Saturday November 18th, will be open to anyone who would first like to attend free workshops.

Organisers of the parade, which includes Burnley Town Centre Management, Burnley Central Library and Creative Alliance artists, are looking for people to take part.

During half term week there will be creative workshops in Burnley town centre where people of any age or ability will be able to join the Lantern Squad, make a free lantern, and then take part in the Light Parade with what they have made.

30/10 – 12pm to 4pm Pop-Up Festival Venue at 93 St James’s St (next to Wilkinson Cameras), 2pm to 4pm Burnley Central Library

31/10 – 12pm to 4pm The Shift Café (above The Swan pub)  2pm to 4pm Burnley Central Library

1/11 – 12pm to 4pm Burnley Markets

2/11 – 12pm to 4pm Burnley Mechanics

3/11 – 12pm to 4pm Pop-Up Festival Venue at 93 St James’s St (next to Wilkinson Cameras)

4/11 – 1.30pm to 3.30pm Burnley Central Library

The workshops and Light Parade are being delivered with the help of Stocks Massey Bequest funding. The workshops are free to take part in and all materials needed to make the lanterns will be provided.

Cllr Sue Graham, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “I’m excited to see a Light Parade in Burnley town centre as part of a great weekend of events to mark the start of the Christmas period.  I think the workshops will be a brilliant way to spend an afternoon during half term and it will be lovely to see what everyone has made showcased in the Light Parade.”

County Cllr Peter Buckley, Cabinet Member for Community and Cultural Services added “I think a Light Parade will be great for Burnley town centre and I hope lots of people will get involved in the lantern making workshops in Burnley Central Library and other town centre venues, ready to help light up the streets in the Parade on the 18th November”.