Lamplighter Festival route changed ahead of poor weather forecast

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The Lamplighter Festival will go ahead in Todmorden despite poor weather forecasts.

The planned parade has been changed into a new Lamplighter Lantern Gallery to ensure the fantastic spectacle continues.

The new Lamplighter Lantern Gallery will be set up starting at 6pm from Oddies bakery on Bond Street, Todmorden. Illuminated installations will light up the route and there will be around 180 community made lanterns for audiences to view, whilst walking up to Pollination Street for the Street Festival Opening, with the Mayor of Todmorden at 6.45pm.

The street festival will continue as planned from 7pm until 9pm.

Andrew Kim, Artistic Director of organisers Handmade Parade, said: “We are urging people to brave the elements and come along to enjoy what will still be a fantastic spectacle – whatever the weather.

Dress bright, dress warm and come dance in your wellies!”

The festival will feature a host of local talent including fire-performers Flame Oz and Beatnik Collective and street bands Drum Machine, Skiband, Handmade Samba and Mr Wilson’s 2nd

There will be walkabout performances by Frolicked, Spannerman, Callaloo Carnival Arts, Les Panards Dansants and the Oaken Hoof Cloggers and illuminated installations commissioned for the event by Walk the Plank, Space Cadets, Nick Mitchell, Handmade Parade, Enya Koster, Steve Summers and Bee Jasko.

Organisers are urging people to travel to the event on foot or by public transport if at all possible as there is reduced parking due to all day car park closures on Lever Street and Union Street South

For more details on Lamplighter go to www.handmadeparade.co.uk