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Lantern Parade - Wednesday 14th December 2016

LANTERN PARADE EVENT LIGHTS UP THE STREETS OF NEWTON ABBOT Newton Abbot town centre was bursting with excitement on Wednesday 14th December thanks to the lantern parade in the town.  Approx. 200 pupils from Bearnes, Wolborough, All Saints, Decoy, Bradley Barton, Haytor View, Highweek & St Joseph’s Primary Schools took pride in parading their colourful Christmas lanterns through the streets of Newton Abbot towards the Clock Tower.  The theme this year was ‘A Child is Born’ and the lanterns varied from goats and camels, kings and angels, soldiers and stars, chickens and sheep and much more.  A big thank you to local artist Tony Gee and other members of the Creation Myth Puppets who were able to make this fantastic event possible once again, working in partnership with Newton Abbot Town Council. 

The town was a hive of activity as shoppers visited the popular Christmas street fayre with live entertainment throughout the night and also the magical Santa’s Grotto run all night at the Clock Tower.

Natalie Hicks Events Co-ordinator for the Town Council said:

‘Once again the lantern parade did not disappoint, Newton Abbot was bursting

at the seams with people enjoying the event as well as the street fayre in

town.  The lantern parade was made up of children from all 8 of the Newton

Abbot primary schools and also members of the public who had attended the

lantern parade workshops and made their own lanterns.  The town was full of

music, dancing and some fantastic smells from the amazing street food stalls.’


The procession walked through the town centre and ended at the Clock Tower

with the nativity story written by the children being read, it all ended with the

lantern puppets dancing to some up beat music.’


‘Thank you to everyone that helped and to the people of Newton Abbot for

supporting this community event, we hope to see you in the town next

Wednesday evening for the final late night shopping event to include the

Mayors Carol Service, street fayre and Santa’s Grotto.’

For further information, please contact Natalie Hicks or Kelly Burridge - ' - 01626 – 201120

 [email protected]   or   [email protected]  




Newton Abbot Town Council

Town Hall

Great Western House,

9 Devon Square,

Newton Abbot

TQ12 2HN

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