Lanterns light the way for Morecambe festival

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Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival
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Photo Neil Cross Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival Santa

Around 1500 people turned out for More Music’s annual free Lantern Festival which illuminated the West End of Morecambe.

The lantern parade on Wednesday November 30 began from Sandylands School leading to The Hothouse on Devonshire Road for a range of entertainment and live music.

Ben McCabe, one of the festival organisers, said: “It was a joy to walk the streets with people young and old with lanterns aloft accompanied by the positive Christmas carnival vibes of More Music’s Baybeat Streetband and Blast Furness from Ulverston. “Some joined the procession, some waved from their windows and in onesies on their doorsteps.

“After a fire show from Astral Circus the party continued with brilliant performances from West End Primary School Choir, Bay Youth Voices, singers from More Music’s Stages project and The Billionaires.

“It was a real treat this year to be able to include the Morecambe Minilluminations in Alexandra Park which were constructed by people in the community with the guidance of Cefn Hoile at Shrimping It and The Exchange Creative Community - my favourite was the dark side of the moon cover.

“And Kate Drummond and Hannah Fox added a further delight with shadow play, animations and a specially composed sound track by Haiku Salut all emanating from an ice cream van!”

Photo Neil Cross
Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival

Photo Neil Cross Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival

Photo Neil Cross
Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival
Astral Circus Fire Show

Photo Neil Cross Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival Astral Circus Fire Show

Photo Neil Cross
Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival
Mini Illuminations Community Project

Photo Neil Cross Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival Mini Illuminations Community Project

Photo Neil Cross
Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival

Photo Neil Cross Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival

Photo Neil Cross
Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival
Mini Illuminations Community Project
Tiffany Morris, six

Photo Neil Cross Morecambe's West End Winter Lantern Festival Mini Illuminations Community Project Tiffany Morris, six