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New committee aims to rejuvenate Ulverston Lantern Festival

A NEW organising team has been voted in to take forward a spectacular Ulverston procession.

CELEBRATION The Lantern Procession makes its way across Ulverston’s Market Street. A new committee has been chosen to take the popular event forward in 2014 HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50038578B003

The volunteers behind the Ulverston Lantern Festival had been appealing for new faces to take over the organising of the annual event to ensure it goes ahead in 2014.

At a special meeting held earlier this month, the previous committee had discussed the possibility of having a year out to refocus.

But the proposal was thrown out and, at the festival’s annual general meeting in the Coronation Hall on Monday night, a new four-person committee was voted in.

New direction is to be provided by Peter Adams, an experienced event organiser who was made chairman. His last role was organising a fan convention in Manchester where 1,200 people turned up.

Outgoing chairwoman Ness Wilson is now the vice-chairwoman, while Gavin Knott, of Appleseeds health store, is treasurer and Barbara Jarvis is again the secretary.

The festival, which features four parades that converge in the town centre and concludes with a finale at Ford Park, will this year be held on Saturday September 13.

Mr Knott, who has helped the town’s Scouts provide impressive lanterns in past festivals, said: “It’s a refreshed committee. It has different momentum and brings in colleagues and friends who have different specialties.

“There was quite a lot of expertise around the table. There is a lot of capability that I think will deliver a very, very good festival. We just need the general public now.”

Mr Knott said the committee will be working to get the workshops organised, utilise social media to reach more people and get access to kits so everyone can participate. And it is hoped that schools will join in.

For more information on the festival and to lend support to the volunteer team, go to the festival’s Facebook page by searching for “Ulverston Lantern Festival”, on Facebook.

l The Broughton-based book publisher CGP has donated £1,000 to the festival.

Have your say

We have many happy memories of the lantern festival , I remember I made with my daughter a large cat one year and a large fish another. The large fish was chosen to be burnt and it was spectacular. We were dead chuffed!

Posted by Delya Wilkinson on 13 February 2014 at 10:10

Its the best community event in Cumbria long may it rein.
Its a formidable team of four with varied skills/talents at the helm.

Posted by Jack Kelly on 1 February 2014 at 09:23

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