BIGGEST TURN OUT EVER AT THE GREENWICH MARKET LANTERN PARADE Wednesday 22 November 2017
Greenwich estate owner, Greenwich Hospital, invited four local junior schools (Invicta, Meridian, St Matthews, James Wolfe) to create lanterns for the Greenwich lantern parade procession on 22 November 2017 to mark the switching on of the Christmas Lights in the Market. Local art group Arty Party worked with the children in school to create the lanterns from tissue paper and wire, displaying the traditional Christmas Dinner in all its glory – a massive Turkey, Pigs in Blankets, 15 giant Brussel Sprouts, 15 carrots, knives, forks and candelabra, 30 Christmas Puddings, 30 Gingerbread Men, a gi-normous Christmas Cake, and some 30 crackers! The Greenwich Lantern Procession and Lights On is the yearly start to the festive season in Greenwich and celebrates local creativity and the community – bringing together local children, teachers, parents, arts and craft stalls, the local pantomime, Trinity Laban Music Conservatoire and local business people - not forgetting The Mayor!
The procession started at the ORNC at 4pm, and led by a jazz band from Trinity Laban with the Mayor of Greenwich, moved up to the Painted Hall, round the town centre and into the Market where the countdown, masterminded by actor Stewart Wright and local pantomime characters from Cinderella, could be heard all around the town! After the lights on the audience was treated to a ballet and street dance performance by local dance group Angélina Jandolo and festive jazz music by Tunnel Chops, the student group from Trinity Laban.
This year’s turnout was a record. Gillie Bexson, Head of Property at Greenwich Hospital, commented: “ The Lantern Parade is a real celebration of local creativity – and it is very special to see the community, young and old, come together for this event. This year’s lanterns were very beautiful and we had a record turnout as well as more lanterns than ever before. Greenwich Market looked beautiful when the lights went on, just as London finest arts and crafts market should!”
Photos by Jacqui Hawking Photography