Schoolchildren from Sunderland lit up the city as they took part in a community lantern walk.
Pupils from Hudson Road Primary School, in Villiers Street South, led the event this week after taking part in workshops to make their own lanterns, alongside their parents and community group members who joined in the fun.
The whole school and wider community has worked together. The children and their families have made some wonderful lanterns.Glyn Witt, parent partnership teacher
The sessions were backed by the Big Lottery Fund and run by Pauline Taylor, of Infinite Arts Sunderland – a studio that works in collabroation with other organisations.
It was the first time the school has held the event.
The deputy mayor and mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Alan Emerson and his wife Janice, switched on the school’s Christmas lights before starting the lantern parade through the streets of Sunderland and Mowbray Park. The event finished with a community supper in the school hall.
Cathy Westgate, headteacher at Hudson Road Primary School, said “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community in the East End and Hendon to work together on a creative project.”
Glyn Witt, parent partnership teacher, added: “The whole school and wider community has worked together.
“The children and their families have made some wonderful lanterns.”