Festival of Light lit up the town

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Blackburn for the ‘Festival of Light’ lantern parade.

The event is now in its eighth year, having grown from a small event run by one artist working with the council to a large celebration event this year.

It is run by artists from the Blackburn Festival of Light Community Interest Company alongside Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn BID and attracts funding from the Arts Council England, The People’s Project, Our Community for the Future and local business support.

This year’s theme was Myths and Legends and young and old gathered to enjoy the bright lights, beat of the drums and the carnival atmosphere despite the winter elements.

The parade started outside the Town Hall on King William Street and then took in the sights of Blackburn, including Blackburn Cathedral and Blakey Moor.

The parade finale included performances from the Blackburn Festival of Light Band, Bhangra Beats dancers, and fire dancers and a stunning pyrotechnic display.

Catherine Price, Blackburn BID Manager, said: “It was a fantastic event and all the lanterns looked spectacular. This is just one of the incredible events that Blackburn hosts – and the feedback has been very positive. Well done to everyone involved.”

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