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Many hands make lights work for lantern parade

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

  • David, Simonka and Rachel in creative mode at Blackwater School.

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TWO thousand little hands have come together across Truro to create lanterns for this year's City of Lights parade.

Twenty-two schools, including newcomers Mount Hawke Academy and Truro Methodist Church, saw close to a thousand children crafting the illuminations under the tuition and guide of local artists.

Marking the Queen's Golden Jubilee, this year's theme for the night-time procession on November 14 is kings and queens.

Last week Richard Lander School and Blackwater School pupils worked with artists Clare Summerson and Chris Nixon to create their own lanterns.

Blackwater School was new to last year's event and they enjoyed it so much they decided to return this year. Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP) has been working with schools and community groups creating unique arts projects, such as the City of Lights celebrations.

Helen Reynolds, of KEAP, said: "We'll have around 950 children, teachers and community groups participating this year, added to the bands and dancers this will make a massive show."

This year's royal theme has inspired the youngsters, many of whom have created blood-curdling designs.

"Some macabre creative juices are flowing," she added, "so look out for cut-off heads and bloody axes."

Organisers are appealing for donations to help manage the event, which attracts thousands of visitors lining Truro's streets.

Visit www.trurocityoflights.com and click donate or text COLT12 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

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