Dolphin Shopping Centre sponsors the Lantern Parade

The Lantern Parade in Poole
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The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole is sponsoring the town’s traditional Lantern Parade on Thursday December 7. The family favourite event, organised by Poole Town Centre Partnership, will transform the town centre into a beacon of light as local children walk down the High Street with lanterns and illuminated works of art.

John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, said: “The event sadly wouldn’t have been able to go ahead without our sponsorship, so we’re pleased to be able to work alongside the Poole Town Centre Partnership in order to bring this popular event back for local families.

“This visually stunning event has real significance within the local community and is packed with traditional Christmas spirit.”

Children from local Poole schools have worked with local artist, Caroline Rackham, over the last few months to design lanterns illuminated by LED lights. The creations this year were made by schools from Old Town, Oakdale and Lilliput. Lanterns have also been made by members of the public that attended workshops held at Poole Museum. The Men’s Shed in Poole has created an illuminated design for the front of the procession.

The Lantern Parade is free to attend and open to all members of the public. The procession leaves Falkland Square at 6pm on Thursday December 7 and will travel down the High Street with the Poole Sea Cadets Marching Band, to the Guildhall to join the Old Town Conservation Group and St. James’ Church Choir for carols. The Quayside Emporium is set to provide mince pies.

Hannah Porter, Poole town centre operations and marketing manager, said: “More of the community than ever are taking part this year; it’s great to see so many getting involved. Everyone is welcome to attend the Lantern Parade and I hope as many people as possible come to enjoy the spectacle.”

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