Friends prepare to light up Stanningley Park this autumn

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Similar lantern parades were held in Armley and Bramley earlier this year.

By community reporter

The Friends of Stanningley Park are hoping to bring the community together at an inaugural lantern parade this November.

Volunteers have teamed up with Spacehive and Leeds City Council, who have pledged to provide 80% of the funding to make the project a reality, however, they need to raise the remaining funds needed via crowdfunding and the support of local businesses.

Lantern-making workshops will be organised during the October half-term holidays where not for profit organisation Creative Communities Leeds CIC will help everyone make willow lanterns. The sessions will be completely free and will open to everyone in our community, of all ages.

A spokesperson said: “The vision is to create an inclusive and interactive event where people can use their imagination, spark their creativity, discover ways to use sustainable and recycled materials as well as socialise and engage with the wider community. People of all ages are encouraged to participate in the parade by using their own lanterns or even torches, mobiles, flags etc.”

The parade will wind around Stanningley Park to finish at the park’s bowling club for refreshments and music.

Donations to support free lantern-making workshops can be made here.

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