LIGHT and crowds of thousands flooded into Durham for the launch of Lumiere.
A lantern parade led by children set off the four-night spectacular, which has filled the city’s streets and parks with 35 artworks.
Lucy Wright, 11, of Peterlee First Scouts, was among the marchers last night and said: “It’s a good experience and great fun.”
Scout leader Sharon Major added: “It’s been a lot of effort, but it’s amazing to be here and they all love it.”
Crown of Light, a display beamed on to the cathedral, made a popular return from the last celebration two years ago.
Organisers are today due to review crowd management after some were left disappointed when turned away from Palace Green.
A one-way system is in place between Saddler Street, the cathedral and across Prebends Bridge and another across Kingsgate Bridge.
More information is available at www.lumieredurham.co.uk