Wolverton comes alight with colour at festival

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A RECORD number of visitors helped to set Wolverton alight with colour for the 23rd annual Lantern Festival.

On Saturday evening around 1,000 people spilled on to the streets to enjoy an enchanting procession of 300 lanterns which featured designs including kings, butterflies and a VW Camper Van.

The fun started in the Agora car park with lantern makers and spectators gathering before parading through the streets led by energetic stilt walker Cheryl Stone.

The Rotary Club of Wolverton and Stony Stratford hosted Father Christmas on their sleigh and people danced to the drums of Arco Iris and Wolverton’s street band, Lobo Tren.

Hannah Kitchen, Lantern festival organiser, said:“It was an incredible night and we were thrilled with the number of lanterns and people who joined the parade and who got involved.

“This year we tried to encourage new participation from community groups and lantern makers from outside the town and these volunteers have really made a difference.”

The festival, which is funded by Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council, is made possible thanks to around 50 volunteers, performers and venues including MK Christian Foundation, The Wolverton Town Band, Wyvern School Choir, MK Community Choir.

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