The 2013 Lantern Procession was part of the Ellesmere Winter Festival.  Fizzgigs had commissioned inspiring  sculptural lantern artist Sophie Handy to run four community lantern making workshops in the Market Hall as well as workshops with students in Lakelands Academy.  These workshops were free and open to all ages so everyone could come and make a beautiful traditional lantern to take part in the parade.
The lantern procession greeted St. Nicholas as he made his way into town on his ‘fantastical vessel’.  He then paraded through the streets of Ellesmere led by merry music of The Fizzgigs Street Band.
Our procession was led by St Nicolas who was the patron Saint of Sailors and so we had chosen a nautical theme for our procession this year.  With our albatross lantern leading a flotilla of ships, boats and sea life to guide St Nicolas in his Fantastical Vessel through the town!  The Parade ended with an amazing Grand Finale where a giant lantern sculpture was raised by the albatross!

We would like to say a big thank you to Ian Wright for being our Fizzgigs photographer and to Tracy Piper-Wright for producing the film below

Click on any of the images to see the 2013 Winter Festival Lantern Parade!

Full Screen Photo Slideshow Here

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We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors  and of course everyone who helped with this year’s event.
We’re sorry if we’ve missed anyone out as there were lots of people involved in the procession but some mentionable people are listed here, roughly in order of appearance.

St Nicolas’ arrival by narrow boat ~ Organised by Tony Lewery.  Thanks to Paul Higson for use of the Green Man narrow-boat and accompanying Piper, Steve Thomas.

Fire Torches ~ Tony Lewery with additional help from Tony Boyes.

Procession Leaders ~ Edward Bevan (fore), Amanda Bevan (aft)

The Fizzgigs Street Band ~ Peter Cartlidge, Roger Garland, Mirjana Garland, Steve Thomas, Lynn Bright, Becky Cooper, Jacob the old fashioned barber, Christine Corfield, Ted Bruce, Becca Moore

Choral Music ~ Mere Melodies

The Albatross ~ Cathy Andrew

Community Lanterns & Fantastical Flotilla ~ Made in community workshops led by Sophie Handy and additionally ran by Mary Lewery, Claire Cartlidge, Cathy Andrew, Tony Boyes, Rosemary Drake, Hilary Evans, John Evans and Janice Williams.

Lakelands Academy Lanterns ~ Made in workshops at Lakelands Academy led by Sophie Handy and additionally ran by Layla Tutt, Tony Lewery and Ian Andrew.

St Nicolas ~ Played by Alan Clarke with costume designed and made by Mary Lewery.

The Fantastical Vessel ~ Ian Andrew & Peter Cartlidge with additional help from Roger Garland, Sophie Handy, Hilary Evans, John Evans, Tony Boyes, Rosemary Drake, Bob Richards, Gavin Lewery and Alex Grant.

The Swan ~ Tony Lewery, carried by Debbie Phillips and Frank Hulse.

The Pike ~ Cathy Andrew, carried by Bob Richards and Janice Williams

Jack Frost ~ Ian Andrew, operated by Alex Williams.

Lantern Tree Finale ~ Gavin Lewery

Additional Help and Support
Thanks to ‘Altogether Ellesmere’ for their support of this event and use of the Market Hall.  Thanks to Mike Jeffrey, Jackie Jeffrey, Becca Moore for their help on the night.