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Shepton lantern makers get ready to light up park

By Shepton Mallet Journal  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

Shepton lantern makers get ready to light  up park

Kai Thomas-Roth and the team of artists making lanterns on Saturday in Shepton Mallet

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LIGHT will fill the streets of Shepton Mallet next week for the fourth annual Lantern Parade.

Lantern-making workshops are being held in the town in the run-up to the event. The aim of these is to make lanterns that can then be shown off at the parade.

Lantern-making materials including willow rods, bamboo canes, masking tape, glue and paper are available for purchase and basic tools are supplied, but those with more ambitious plans are encouraged to bring their own.

Kai-Thomas Roth, an organiser of the event, said: “It’s amazing how people get into the swing of it. People make things they didn’t think they could, have their own ideas and have their own take on the lanterns.”

The workshops are being held in 3-5 Market Place (the old Boots shop), Shepton Mallet, on Saturday, December 14, and December 21. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The parade itself takes place on December 21.

Revellers, with or without lanterns, are welcome to gather at the pond in Collett Park at 6pm to see a display of illuminated model boats from the Shepton Mallet Drifters.

At 6.30pm the lantern parade, led by samba band Samba Sulis, will set off on a route through the town to arrive at the market cross.

There will be mulled cider and turkey roast on offer at the market square and the Drifters will be exhibiting a static display of their model boats.

The event has been sponsored by Framptons Transport Services, Framptons, Shepton Mallet Town Council, Coxley Developments, Right Price DIY, Aster and Knightstone.

Organisers thank Angela Morley, garden designer artist and plantswoman and her husband Martin Berkeley, of Pilton Cider, from Pylle.

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