Lanterns and stilt walkers light up ‘Wolvie’ festival

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A SPARKLING stilt walker and a Bloomer engine lantern were among the star attractions at this year’s Wolverton Lantern Festival.

The parade, Wolverton’s longest running event, is now in its 22nd year and always helps to pull the community together in the spirit of good cheer.

The festival, which took place on Saturday, December 4, featured a giant character called Betty Bloomer created by members of Wolverton’s Community Orchard, a Bloomer engine lantern with steam coming out of the top made by apprentices from Rail Care and a stilt walker courtesy of Radcliffe School.

The Wolverton Samba Band Lobo Tren and the Festive Road Dohl Drummers also helped lead the parade.

Mince pies made by the Christian Foundation Youth Café were handed to the crowds, while the Wolverton Town band were accompanied by carol singers from Wyvern School Choir and Milton Keynes Community Choir Father Christmas.

Resident Dave Brown said: “I have lived in Wolvie for 36 yrs, with family here over 60. I love the place and the community events. It is great to see them getting bigger each year.”

And Hannah Kitchen added: “The event was wonderful. It was great to see so many people come out on a cold winters night.

“We would like to thank Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council for funding the event and the Christian Foundation for their generous support.”

> See a picture gallery of the event by clicking on the link to the right of this page, All pictures are by artists and Wolverton residents Boyd & Evans