Lantern parade set to light up Pontefract sky

Pontefract Lioness Club are pleased to announce their Annual Lantern Festival is taking place on Saturday October 18.
Pontefract Lioness Club are pleased to announce their Annual Lantern Festival is taking place on Saturday October 18.

The sky over Pontefract will be lit up by lanterns next month.

Pontefract’s annual lantern festival will return on Saturday, October 18.

The event, run by Pontefract Lioness Club, has been fixture in the community calendar for four years.

Festival co-ordinator Mary Page said: “When we started this event we had about 300 people take part, and last year we had approximately 3,000 so we just hope that it continues to grow year on year. This is a real community event and is ideal for people of all ages and ability to get involved in.”

The Lioness Club has managed to secure the use of a shop on Chequerfield Circle, with the support of Wakefield District Housing, to run lantern making workshops. These are open to the public every Wednesday evening from 6pm to 9pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. The Lioness Club will provide the materials and members will be on hand to demonstrate how the lanterns can be made.

The festival concludes on October 18 with a town centre parade. It leaves Pontefract Castle at 7.30pm. For more information about any part of the festival please contact 07970 575723.