Shimmering scenes as Lamplighter is set to illuminate familiar valley streets

Students practise fire twirling at Todmorden High School
Students practise fire twirling at Todmorden High School
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Familiar streets of the upper Calder Valley will be transformed by “illuminated creatures” for one night only at a new festival next month.

The Lamplighter parade will take place on Saturday, November 23, and will feature music, performance and dance on the streets of Todmorden.

Organised by the Handmade Parade team, it will be the culmination of a busy day of events including Kidsfest and the town’s Christmas lights switch-on.

Hannah Merriman, of Handmade Parade, said a mysterious figure will join revellers on the day.

“The Lamplighter is a mythical spirit whose purpose is to herald back light and warmth at the darkest, coldest time of the year,” she said.

“She is several metres tall, an untouchable mysterious figure who will join us as we parade through the familiar streets of Todmorden, and then ‘light the lamps’ – a sign that the celebrations may begin.

“For one night only those familiar streets will be transformed.

“Illuminated creatures will spring from darkened places and strange beings will dance down by the canal.

“Mesmerising fire-lit sculptures will appear in the most unexpected places and music will ring out.

“Magic will come to the town.”

The Lamplighter parade starts at 5.30pm from Lever Street car park. It will travel up Halifax Road, along Water Street, back on itself up Rise Lane, down Station Approach and behind the Christmas tree to rejoin Bramsche Square car park.

Illuminated happenings, music, performance and dance will take place from 6.15pm until 9pm on Pollination Street, Lever Street car park and the canal behind Lever Street.

Kidsfest, an afternoon of fun for children of all ages, will take place at Todmorden Town Hall from noon until 3.30pm.

This will be followed by the Christmas lights switch-on at 4pm.

To get involved with Lamplighter, email Hannah at