Tunbridge Wells lights up once more as lantern parade returns

Olympian Louis Smith

The Winter Lantern Parade wound its way down Camden Road on Saturday [February 5] and saw 1,500 people brave the high winds to take part while shops and cafés stayed open late.

Nell Price, organiser at Camden Road Education, Arts & Theatre Enterprise [CREATE] told the Times: “This year was absolutely the most people we have ever had for the parade. We managed to bring out the big lanterns because the winds just dropped in time,” said Ms Price.

“There were two bands, Bloco Sogo and TS Brilliant [Tunbridge Wells Sea Cadets]. They really drove it, and created that party atmosphere.”

The parade went through town towards Grosvenor & Hilbert Park.

“Even when we got there, a lot of the families stayed on to look at the big lanterns up close.”

The Winter Lantern parade was started in 2008, but had to be held virtually last year as a ‘Winter Lanterns At Home’ event.

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