Pro­ces­sion lights up town

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

A MAG­I­CAL evening was en­joyed by hun­dreds who took part in Stack­steads Lantern Pro­ces­sion.

Peo­ple packed the car park at Toll Bar Mill, Newchurch Road to col­lect lan­terns.

Rossendale Drum Ma­jorettes led the Light Up The Val­ley pa­rade with spe­cially il­lu­mi­nated drums and drum­sticks.

They were fol­lowed by colour­ful hand-made dec­o­rated lan­terns that il­lu­mi­nated River­side Park. Street band Blow­jan­gles pro­vided mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

Mayor of Rossendale Ann Kenyon was full of praise for the or­gan­is­ers.

She said: “It is fan­tas­tic. It is a credit to ev­ery­one who has been in­volved and put in so many hours.

“This is just the sort of thing I want the money raised in my year as Mayor to sup­port.”

The event was or­gan­ised for the fourth year by Stack­steads Coun­try­side Park Group (SCPG).

SCPG chair­per­son Su­san Hay­hurst said the turnout beat last year’s - de­spite re­duced fund­ing.

She added: “The lan­terns that the chil­dren made were just re­ally lovely, to their own de­signs and what they wanted to make.

“You can tell they have put their lit­tle hearts into mak­ing them.”

The lantern pro­ces­sion in Stack­steads

Bry­ony Shep­herd and seven months old son Ralph

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