Tameside Winter Wonderland Lantern parade brings out community spirit



Over 1500 people took part in the Winter Wonderland Lantern Parade during the Ashton Christmas Market opening celebrations. Tameside Council's Cultural Services had been working with artists, schools,community groups and a wide range organisations since early October.

The parade featured all of Tameside's brass bands,playing together for the first time,scout and guide associations such as Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides ,Scouts and Explorers. Also represented were Audenshaw,Flowery Field and Waterloo Primary schools,Samuel Laycock School,Grafton House Preperation School, People First Tameside, Next Generation Youth Theatre,New Charter residents groups, Mossley Juniors AFC,The Definate Hopefuls,The Tameside Diwali Steering Group,Friends of Haughton Green Library and Age UK.

Tameside's dance community were represented by Freedom Dancers,Infinite dance,The Nicholson Academy, Ashton School of Dance,BASE Performing Arts and participants from Toe Tappers and Tiny toes. No Eyed Theatre of Mossley provided the mice and Ice queen section of the parade. Towards the end of the parade were Hyde Little theatre with their large scale fish lanterns which were also seen in their production of " Robinson Crusoe"which played at the Festival Theatre recently.

The Parade then saw the illuminated Cinderella's coach manufactured from recycled materials by Tameside's youngsters and finally Father Christmas himself made an appearence on the sleigh provided by Ashton Rotary Club.