A LANTERN parade through a Sheffield suburb held for only the second time has been hailed an ‘overwhelming success’.
The event through Dore involved 1,000 youngsters from scouts, cubs, brownies, guides and other groups, along with their parents.
It was organised by residents Terry and Helen Giles, who got their idea from similar events held while on holiday in the Lake District town of Ulverston.
Terry said: “After discussing the idea with David Hayes, a local professional entertainer and MC, and his wife Sue, a Dore cub and scout leader, it was decided to try to involve the local children by contacting the leaders of the groups in Dore village. “The response last year was great and the first Lantern Festival was held on the same night as the scouts switched on the Dore village Christmas lights.”
This year’s event grew more than three-fold.
“Because of the enthusiasm of the leaders, kids and the involvement of the Dore Village Society, the Lantern Parade was an overwhelming success.
“Most of the local shops stayed open late and all were packed reporting good business. The village was a buzz of activity,” Mr Giles said.