The Winter Lantern parade has become a fixture of the Tunbridge Wells community events calendar. On the lower part of Camden Road, where there are no Christmas lights, a group of locals got together to organise the first parade of light from the town centre down the full length of Camden Road. The event was funded and organised by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, but sadly the funding was cut last year and is now organised by enthusiastic volunteers with the support of the principal funding partner Town and Country Housing Group.
Help is needed this year, more than ever, to raise the funds to keep the parade going. It would be great if the parade could become increasingly self-funded giving the community the greatest chance of making the parade feasible in future years. A crowd funding page has been set up or you can visit the Winter Lanterns website.
The planning, making and parade itself involves hundreds of people. The aim is to continue bringing people together through lantern making and parading to celebrate life in the town. As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations The Assembly Hall Theatre is joining in the excitement and will be making a giant lantern to coincide with their year of celebrations.
Visit the Winter Lanterns website for details of workshop dates. To make a contribution to the event, click here.
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