On a cold and blustery day, with sleety rain threatening as the sky grew dark, the 2014 Friends of Parkinson’s Park Lantern Parade, lit its way down from the early medieval fields of the Park to the medieval Guiseley Cross. Whilst the candles and lanterns fluttered in the wind, the sturdy FOPP Rythm Band- led by John Franklin-King -beat out their sound for the over 300 participants to get in the mood. The band were all local residents who had only learnt their parts on the Friday before, so many congratulations to them.
At the Cross, the Parade was greeted by the rousing sound of Guiseley Brass Band, whilst Baptist Minister, Micky Munroe, led the programme of carol singing and readings, ranging from the beautiful words of the King James Bible to modern poetry. He was supported by Rev David Pickett from St Oswalds, and Rev Nick Baker from the Methodists, all three Ministers emphasising the importance of community, and coming together, especially at this season which ends one year and starts another. At one point the trio did an excellent chorus of Hark the Herald Angels Sing into the microphone – we’ll book them for a gig next year too.
Guiseley’s new Community Choir, did a lovely rendition of O Holy Night, and supported the singing of the last carol O Come All Ye Faithful. Thank you to Jacob Phillips and the choir mistress.
Mulled drink and small pies were handed around the crowd by The Friends, and the worst of the weather just about held off; although it was bitterly cold.
Thank you to everyone who took part in making this a real community event; to those who made lanterns, marshalled, carried banners, made pies, organized PA systems, carried fire blankes, warmed mulled drink, covered the Park paths in woodchip, and cleared up afterwards,the list goes on. In the words of one of the Friends “Wow, what a parade! I was amazed and delighted that it all went so well, a great atmosphere and many very encouraging comments. It was great banging the drum, and the workshop was really good too; you never know what you’re going to learn next – I can now make lanterns and play drum !!”
Any ideas for next year, just let us know. And if you would like to, we would love to have you join the Friends and help us look after the Park and run community events.
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