Workshops light carnival’s way

Light fun: Volunteers Patrick Black and Nikki Chowdry.      Photo: Sarah Washbourn.

Light fun: Volunteers Patrick Black and Nikki Chowdry. Photo: Sarah Washbourn.

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SPECTACULAR lanterns will light up the sky in Sharrow Lantern Carnival in April – but first they have to be built.

A series of workshops are taking place every Saturday from now until the event on Sunday, April 1.

The first was on Saturday, and participants old and young learned the art of working with cane, reed and paper.

In coming weeks, they will develop into the magical creations seen at the carnival over the last eight years including aliens, giant geese with golden wings, whales - and even a yellow submarine.

This year’s event will see a parade through the streets of Sharrow from Mount Pleasant Park to General Cemetery.

It will feature a samba band, African drumming, fire spinning and handmade lanterns of every shape and colour.

n Workshops are every Saturday, from noon to 4pm, until March 31, at Highfield Trinity Church and The Old Junior School on South View Road, Sharrow.