Lantern parade brings festive glow to Stanwell
Around 200 residents came along to the first Stanwell lantern parade on Saturday 2 December. The event, organised by Spelthorne Borough Council, saw people of all ages getting in the Christmas spirit.
The parade, which included Staines Brass Band and featured Nutty the squirrel complete with festive attire, started at St Mary the Virgin Church and ended outside the Sir John Gibson pub, accompanied by local councillors John Boughtflower and Susan Doran and the Leader of Spelthorne Council Ian Harvey. The crowd gathered there for Christmas carols and the lighting of the Christmas tree kindly donated to the community by County Councillor Robert Evans.
Lanterns came courtesy of workshops held at Town Farm School and Stanwell Youth Centre, and members of the community joined in the fun by bringing along their own lanterns.
The Sir John Gibson pub laid on some very welcome festive refreshments and continued the celebrations with their own community event including the arrival of Father Christmas.
Cllr Maureen Attewell, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said "This magical festive event offered residents the opportunity to celebrate all that is good in our communities. Thanks to everyone who took part in the parade and to all local councillors for their support. Special thanks also to Father Stuart at St Mary's the Virgin Church, everyone at Sir John Gibson Pub and the volunteers who helped as marshals for the parade."
Spelthorne Borough Council would like to work with the local community to develop the Lantern Parade as a fantastic annual event and are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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