You can be part of dazzling parade of light

Last year's Lamplighter Festival, Todmorden. Picture by Craig Shaw/blu planet photography
Last year's Lamplighter Festival, Todmorden. Picture by Craig Shaw/blu planet photography

Organisers of the Lamplighter Festival, which is set to dazzle Todmorden next month, are appealing for volunteers to come forward to help ensure the event’s success.

The Lamplighter Festival takes to the streets of Todmorden on December 6, with the lantern parade kicking off proceedings at 6pm and a host of fire shows, illuminated installations and street theatre taking place from 7pm to 9pm.

And organisers Handmade Parade are appealing for volunteers who would like to help set up on the day, be stewards on the night or help out at the open workshops to get in touch.

Jude Wadley, Event Producer, said: “We’re looking for anyone who’d like to be a steward on the night to help ensure everyone stays safe and in particular, we need strong people throughout the day who can help with moving large pieces and equipment.

“We’re also looking for people to help out at the open workshops and to be part of the artist support crew on the night.

“It’s fantastic the way the Calder Valley community gets behind this event and if you’d like to be a part of it, we’d be delighted to hear from you.’

Anyone who is interested should contact Sue at volunteer@handmadeparade.co.uk

This year’s Lamplighter highlights include fire shows by Flame Oz, music from Mr. Wilson’s Secondliners, Handmade Samba and Dhamak, illuminated installations by Spacecadets and giant flaming sculptural flowers by Walk the Plank.

The night will also feature the world premiere of a new interactive street show by Frolicked called “Rat Race” featuring a giant cheese, performances by Todmorden Belly Dance and guest giant lantern puppets from Liverpool’s Lantern Company.

New this year will be a Christmas Night Market showcasing handmade gift ideas local artists, craftspeople, local food producers and local market favourites.

Any adults or teenagers who would like to learn how to create short shadow puppet plays which will be performed in windows in Todmorden on the night, should sign up for the special course with Andrew Kim of Thingumajig Theatre which will be held on November 25, 27, December 2 and 4 from 7-9pm. The course will cost £15/£10.

Open lantern-making workshops will be held at the Unitarian Church in Honey Hole Road, Todmorden on November 22 and 23 from 1-3pm, November 26 4-6pm, November 29 and 30 1-3pm and December 3 from 4-6pm.

For more details on the event go to www.handmadeparade.co.uk