Lantern festival lights up community

Southwick Lantern Festival.
Southwick Lantern Festival.
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A WEARSIDE community came together to light up the night with an annual festival.

Celebrating its 12th year, The Southwick Lantern Festival has become bigger and better each year with some amazing creations.

Pauline Walmsley, community manager at Southwick Community Primary School, which founded the event, said once again it proved a huge success, bring people from all walks of life together.

She said: “Our 12th Lantern festival was themed around the UN Convention Rights of the child focusing on what make us happy and healthy.

“This year our lantern walk coincided with Divali, the Hindu festival of light, and our Reception children visited the Hindu Temple in Newcastle as part of the celebrations.”

Pauline said in the run up to the festival, the children spent time in class learning about their rights.

More than 150 families and local groups took part in the two weeks of latern making, using tissue and willow to create their masterpieces at the Shakespeare Road school.

Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse and his wife, Marie, got the procession underway and the walkers were accompanied by the Mezo Mundo samba band as they walked around Southwick.