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Magic lanterns light up Ryde

  • Date: 12 December 2013
  • Area: South West
Festive holly and poinsettia lanterns

Festive lanterns.

Schoolchildren and community groups in the Oakfield area of Ryde, Isle of Wight, have worked with National portfolio organisation The New Carnival Company to create a range of colourful lanterns for a festive neighbourhood parade this December.

The theme for the parade is Flora and Fauna and it has inspired local people to make some of the most beautiful lanterns ever seen on the island.

Gina Dyer, Outreach Worker for The New Carnival Company, said: 'We have been working with soaked willow and stripped can and the materials have allowed us to get wonderful detail on a range of seasonal lanterns, including poinsettia flowers, mistletoe and holly.  The new techniques we have introduced this year have really inspired Oakfield residents to fantastic levels of creativity - we are really proud of them all.'

Groups from Oakfield Primary School, Oakfield Football Club, The Foyer, Route 66, St John's Messy Church, Viva Integrated Carnival Club, Creative Volunteers and RAW Samba will be taking part in the parade. 

A giant puppet Santa will lead the procession and there will be mulled wine, mince pies and gifts for those taking part.

Frankie Goldspink, Participation and Learning Manager, The New Carnival Company, said: 'This is a great way of involving people of all ages and abilities in high quality arts activity.  It's going to be a really exciting and colourful evening.'

The Lantern parade project is supported by Spectrum Housing and Isle of Wight Council.  Spectrum Housing Group is a non-profit organisation which works in partnership with local authorities, health trusts, statutory bodies, a range of voluntary organisations and higher education establishments to create safe, sustainable communities.

The New Carnival Company is the leading carnival arts development agency in the south of England and the only National portfolio organisation on the Isle of Wight.  Find out more about their work at