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Ulverston gears up for Lantern Festival this Saturday
9:20am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
ULVERSTON will be rounding off a busy fortnight with a fiery finish as its annual Lantern Festival takes place this Saturday.
The event coincides with the close of the two-week Charter Festival, which town clerk Jayne Kendall hailed as a 'huge success'.
“Our first Super Saturday market went really well and all our events so far have been well supported, from the quiz to bingo to the Gardener’s Festival.”
The fortnight’s events will be closed with a ceremony at the Market Cross featuring entertainment by the Ulverston Town Band, Garry Gifford and Furness Morris and Furness Clog Dancers.
The evening will then see five rivers of light parading into the town centre for the Lantern Festival and converging at Ford Park for a firework display.
The theme this year is ‘Bringing to Market’ and lantern-making workshops have been taking place in the town this week for the event, which takes place from 7.45pm-10pm.
Ms Kendall said: “Our own Garry Gifford is making a giant lantern in the shape of a pig which I’m sure will be a showstopper.
“People come from all over for the Lantern Procession and it really is a great spectacle.”
A road closure order for the town centre will be in place between 7pm and 10p and police are warning of the likelihood of delays on the A590 through Ulverston.
The designated ‘no street drinking’ zone in the town centre is to be waived for the duration of the parade but will be enforced after it comes to an end.
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