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Lantern festival lights up Pontefract

Published 20 October 2014

Over 3,000 people attended the third annual Pontefract Lantern Festival at the weekend.

Huge crowds turned out at Pontefract Castle to carry their handmade lanterns to the Valley Gardens via the town centre, led by the Minden and Bugle brass band.

Prior to the event, Pontefract Lionesses held free workshops twice a week in one of WDH’s commercial properties at The Circle at Pontefract to allow residents to make their lanterns, while the Lionesses also received £250 towards festival itself from the WDH Community Grant scheme. Lanterns of all shapes and sizes were on display with a ghost lantern, Mother Goose, Spongebob Squarepants and a jester hat among the many eye-catching designs.

Natalie Guy, Tenant Involvement Officer at WDH, said: “It was a brilliant night and it was great to see so many people in attendance. Lots of people had gone along to the workshops to make their lanterns and we’re really pleased we were able to contribute towards making the event such a success.”

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