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Star Parade to light up Scilly streets next week


Scilly’s Light Festival is back on St Mary's next week, this time with a star theme.

Lanterns from the 2016 festival

The lantern parade, from Mundesley Boarding House to Porthcressa, will take place next Thursday (March 1st) at 6pm.

Following in the footsteps of previous Light Festivals, the procession will feature lanterns made from willow and tissue paper, each with a lighted candle inside. Everyone on Scilly is welcome to make a lantern and take part.

Five Islands secondary school students can learn how to make a lantern in a workshop on Wednesday evening (February 28th) at Mundesley House, while adults and accompanied children are invited to Phoenix Craft Workshops on Tuesday (times in the poster at the bottom of this article).

Artist and former resident Imogen Bone will be running the workshops on a voluntary basis on behalf of Truro City of Lights, who are keen to build links with the islands with a view to potentially working collaboratively with Scilly and the rest of Cornwall in the future.

The willow and tissue paper has been donated by Truro City of Lights, with Bamboo canes donated by Tresco Abbey Garden and PVA glue by Tamarisk Gallery. However, donations from the community towards the running of the festival will be crucial to enable similar events to happen in the future.

The parade begins at 6pm on Thursday at Mundesley (opposite St Mary’s Hall), with participants invited to meet there with their lanterns from 5.30pm. It is expected to finish at approximately 7pm at Porthcressa beach.

Any local businesses or individuals who would like to support the event so it can happen again can do so by donating directly to City of Lights at Click ‘Donate Now’ and write 'Scilly Light Festival' when asked for ‘Special Instructions for the seller’.

Raffle tickets are being sold at Kavorna cafe, proceeds of which will go towards the festival. There will also be collection tins on the night.

Details of times and dates are included in the poster below:


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