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Lionesses have bright idea ahead of lantern festival

Published 17 September 2014

A community group in Pontefract are preparing for a record-breaking lantern festival thanks to help from WDH.

The Pontefract Lionesses are using a WDH commercial property at The Circle in Chequerfield, Pontefract, to host weekly workshops where local residents can make their own lanterns for the Pontefract Lantern Festival in October.

Last year attracted over 700 lanterns despite a torrential downpour just before the parade began and organisers hope that figure will be over 1,000 this year.

Bernie Watson from the Pontefract Lionesses said: “Last year we found it hard to find somewhere to be able to work on the lanterns but this commercial unit is perfect for our needs because it’s the right size and location for what we want. We’ve already had a fantastic response from local people who have been in to make lanterns and we provide all the support and guidance so you don’t need any previous experience of making them.”

Natalie Guy, Tenant Involvement Officer from WDH, said: “We’re delighted that the group have chosen to use one of our properties to run their workshops ahead of the lantern festival and we’d love to try and make a WDH lantern for the parade too.”

The Pontefract Lantern Festival starts at 7pm on Saturday, 18 October at Pontefract Castle, and anyone wishing to make a lantern can attend the free workshops at 13 The Circle on Wednesdays, 6pm – 9pm, or Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Materials are provided free of charge and there is no need to book.

For more information on the festival contact Bernie Western on 07912 450175, or for more information on renting a shop from WDH, call 01977 724425 or visit wdh.co.uk/commercialproperties.

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