Spectacular parade set to light up Woodhoorn Museum in Northumberland

Towns in Northumberland will be given a new lease of light this weekend as part of a lantern parade being held at Woodhorn Museum

Organisers are hoping to top last year’s parade at Woodhorn
Organisers are hoping to top last year’s parade at Woodhorn

Mythical creatures will shine lights on towns in Northumberland during a spectacular parade this weekend.

Groups from across the south east of the county have been working with artists to build 7ft lanterns, each representing creatures related to a particular town.

The lanterns include a Terrier for Bedlington, a pit pony for Ashington, a phoenix for Cramlington, a lion for Blyth (from the town’s crest), a goat for Seaton Delaval (from the Delaval family crest) and a fish for Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

The lanterns have so far been featuring in the Christmas lights switch-ons in each town during November.

But now, they will also be part of a spectacular parade at Ashington’s Woodhorn Museum this weekend.

The event will also feature the artwork of 19 community organisations which teamed-up with professional artists to learn how to make paper and willow lanterns.

The groups, from scouts to family therapy centres, successfully made more than 300 lanterns through their efforts.

Rachel Adam, project director, said: “We’re working with people across South East Northumberland over the next three years to support more people to create and take part in the arts.

“This is one of our first projects and it’s all about bringing people together to try something new, work with professional artists and learn new skills.

“The event on Sunday at Woodhorn Museum will be a fantastic free event for family and friends to enjoy, everyone is welcome.”

The parade will also feature nearly 200 choral singers from community choirs, led by the organisation 20,000 Voices, Drumdin, a samba percussion group, and a giant, fire-breathing dragon, which has been built on the chassis of a Mini Cooper car.

The project came about through bait, part of the national Creative People and Places programme focussed on south east Northumberland.

Arts Council England launched the Creative People and Places fund with the aim of making a lasting change in the way that local communities could create and experience art. It is targeted at the areas of the country where people don’t usually take part in the arts.

bait is managed by a consortium of organisations led by Woodhorn Charitable Trust with Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Public Health, Northumberland College, Queens Hall Arts and VCS Assembly.

The winter parade event at Woodhorn is free and starts at 4.30pm on Sunday.

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