This year some of Blackburn’s biggest high street brands helped light up the streets of Blackburn once again with seasonal cheer at the town’s annual Christmas Lantern Parade.
Blackburn’s Healthy High Street partners, Santander, Greggs, Boots, EE and Marks and Spencer worked in partnership to build branded lanterns of all shapes and sizes for the parade, which took place on Thursday, 10th December.
Contributors from each store attended free-lantern making sessions at The Bureau Centre for the Arts, where people were invited to make their own lanterns on each Sunday throughout November.
Katherine Wheatley, Branch Director at Santander, said: “Healthy High Streets is all about big brands coming together to support our local communities. Santander are keen to be a leading light in helping businesses and the community in Blackburn prosper, taking part in the parade was part of being involved in the community and being proud of our town.”
Blackburn’s annual lantern parade, organised by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the Blackburn Business Improvement District, began at St Paul’s Gardens, Blackburn College and finished on King William Street.
Other events on the night included the lighting up of the Victoria Building, a firework display and a Christmas concert at Blackburn Cathedral.
Manager of the Blackburn BID, Harriet Roberts, said: “Everyone worked really hard on their lanterns again this year and the local businesses have been fantastic. The Healthy High Streets initiative paired with family fun events helps the town become a more vibrant place to live and work.”