Lantern parade lights up Christmas in Sheffield suburb

Beigton Princess Katie Barnes third right), aged 13, and her attendent Megan Davison (left), aged 11, who switched on the Chrsitmas tree lights in Beighton, are pictured with entertainer Jodie Parks (second left) and Gracie Flanagan, aged nine, who attended the event.

Beigton Princess Katie Barnes third right), aged 13, and her attendent Megan Davison (left), aged 11, who switched on the Chrsitmas tree lights in Beighton, are pictured with entertainer Jodie Parks (second left) and Gracie Flanagan, aged nine, who attended the event.

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Christmas magic came to a Sheffield village when primary school pupils took part in an annual lantern parade.

More than 150 youngsters from Reignhead Primary School joined their parents on the procession to the Christmas tree in the middle of Beighton.

Carols were sung and the tree lights switched on as part of the annual event, which has been running for the last seven years.

The parade was organised by Beighton Environment Trust and the school received funding from the Beighton Villages Development Trust and Noodle Performance Arts group.

The £300 helps pay for the lanterns, which were made by the children with help from their nans and grandads during a special school Grandparents’ Day.

Debbie Matthews, school resources manager, said: “It was a great success and there must have been 350 to 400 people around the tree.

“The event took place straight after school and so it was a very good turnout.

“After the switch on, everyone went to village’s Lifestyle Centre where there were free refreshments and entertainment.”

Entertainment included performances by children who attend Noodle classes and an appearance by Elsa, from hit Disney film Frozen.

Debbie said one objective of the event was to help the children feel they were part of the wider community.

She said: “We hope if they feel part of the village it may stop some of them in later years from taking part in anti-social behaviour that sometimes goes on.”