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Children light up city in annual parade

Primary school children in traditional Lantern Parade in city centre

Pupils from Chester primary schools parade along Eastgate Street during the annual lantern parade

Chester city centre was alight as hundreds of children took part in the annual  Lantern Parade through the city centre on November 28.

The youngsters walked from Town Hall  Square, passed the Cathedral on St Werburgh Street, and up Eastgate Street to the  Cross, where the Christmas tree lights were  switched on by Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr  Jill Houlbrook.

Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Jill Houlbrook and Lady Mayoress Rachel Walker at the Christmas tree at Chester Cross
Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Jill Houlbrook and Lady Mayoress Rachel Walker at the Christmas tree at Chester Cross
 

Primary schools taking part included  Cherry Grove, Chester Bluecoat, the Arches,  Tarporley and Horn’s Mill.

Executive member for culture and economy Cllr Stuart Parker said: “The Lantern  Parade is always a favourite with late night  shoppers and is a fantastic community  event.

“Local primary school children get involved in both the artistic side of producing  the lanterns and in the performance on the  night – bringing a special event to the city.”

Pupils from Chester primary schools parade down Werburgh Street during the annual lantern parade
Pupils from Chester primary schools parade down Werburgh Street during the annual lantern parade

Local artist Russell Kirk has been holding  workshops with each of the schools preparing for the event, alongside Cheshire  West and Chester Council’s Arts and Festivals team.

There is late night shopping in Chester  every Thursday until 8pm and free park and  ride every Thursday after 2pm.

 

A video of the event from David Sejrup.

 

 

 

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