Shhhssss, don’t mention the weather. Here is the route for today’s Lantern Parade – unless it absolutly pours with rain, the event will go ahead. Please try and keep to the pavement as much as possible. If any cars that park on the pavement on the route, especially down Kelcliffe Lane could not do so between 4pm and 4.30pm, that would be much appreciated. the Police have been informed of the route.
Please gather for the procession from 3.45pm, we set off from the Park at 4pm. Bring something to hang on the Advent tree and make a wish . The event will have marshalls in hi-viz jackets, together with fire blanket and first aid, if it is required. (Hopefully not.) There is woodchip down in the Park, but it is still muddy from all the rain, so good grip footwear advisable. If anyone cannot join us in the Park, then you are welcome just to come to the cross to sing the carols.
Pick up a carol sheet as you leave the Park, and please hand it back at the end of the event for use next year. The Carol Sheets are donated by Embrace.
We now have 10 local people (all being well) who have stepped forward to play the drums, covering 4 generations. We’d like to say a big thank you to them, the Parade is all about local people taking part. They are led by John Franklin King and the group spent an hour on Friday evening learning how to drum the right beat (and the wrong one :-)) in St Oswalds Church. Competing with the bell ringers.
The lead lantern this year will be provided by Handmade Parade, and there will be few parade lanterns to handout to anyone who’d like to carry one – so come early for those. But the basic idea is to bring your own Lanterns.
The opening welcome and final blessing on our community at the cross will be done by the 3 church Ministers; there will also be buns made by Sian Cartwright, who many of you may know from the Farmers Market, and mulled drink warmed by the Station Pub.
Music will be provided by Guiseley Brass Band, and the fabulous St Oswald’s Church Choir.
There will be a donation bucket at the cross – all proceeds from one year go to the next year’s Lantern Parade. Last year we collected £74. We also received some funding for the drums and lead lanterns from Leeds Inspired. The PA system is provided by the Guiseley andRawdon Councillors.
Members of FOPP who have organized preparations and the parade include – Joanna Brooks, Andy Cheetham, Nicola Denson, Vivien Hornsby-Smith, Jennifer Kirkby, Anne van de Kasteele, Christine Parapia, Barbara Winfield. Not forgetting Treasurer Colin Alexander.