Hundreds have already registered to take part in the town centre’s first ever Festival of Light Parade on Thursday 2 December.
Children from Holy Rood School, King William Street, Lethbridge and Rodbourne Cheney Primary have all registered to take part in the festive parade. They have been busy making their lanterns for the parade where the Mayor of Swindon will judge some of the best lanterns on the night and the children will be awarded with some fabulous prizes kindly donated by the businesses of the town centre.
Kayleigh Smith, Parent and Community Co-Ordinator for King William Street School is hosting a Parents Aloud Workshop on Saturday 27 November based on the ‘Festival of Light’ Parade. The children will work with their parents/carers to design and decorate their own lanterns and participate in the event the following week.
Simon Jackson, Chief Executive of inSwindon, organisers of the Festival of Light Parade, is very excited about the parade and what it will do for the town centre. “It’s very important we put on these community events in the town centre. We recently held the Christmas Lights Switch-On in the town and had a record number of guests of approximately 20,000.
"It was a great event and it’s very important for inSwindon to show what the town has to offer. With recent regeneration works near completion, it’s a great opportunity to showcase the town all we have to offer.”
At 6pm The Mayor of Swindon will lead the parade from Regent Circus outside the Town Hall through the town centre to Wharf Green where the Salvation Army will be waiting to lead renditions of some favourite Christmas carols sung around the tree.
inSwindon is encouraging the general public to join them and take part in the event. A “How-to-guide” is available at www.swindontowncentre.co.uk for ideas on how to make the lanterns. Due to health and safety concerns, inSwindon cannot accept any naked flames to light the lanterns and recommend using glowsticks.