STALYBRIDGE has been chosen to host the 2019 Tameside Lantern Parade.
Since the event became a fixture on the Christmas calendar, six years ago, it has traditionally been held in Ashton, the borough’s biggest commercial centre. However, in 2018, because of the building work involved in the Vision Tameside project, the parade was moved to Denton.
Although the Tameside One complex will be complete by the end of this year, the landscaping of Ashton Market will still be under way, making it impossible to move people into and out of the area in accordance with national event-management standards.
As a result, the parade, which regularly attracts thousands, will be held in Stalybridge town centre on Saturday, 16 November (6 to 8pm). As well as lanterns, spectators can look forward to music and other surprises with a Stalybridge twist.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for lifelong learning who represents the Dukinfield-Stalybridge ward, said: “I’m proud and thrilled that the lantern parade is coming to my home town. It’s an event that gets the public directly involved with the arts and that’s something that’s very close to my heart.
“Our town centre will provide an impressive backdrop for this spectacular festival. There may be six months to go but the work starts now because we’re going to show the rest of the borough that Stalybridge can put on a really good show.”
The lantern parade will be organised by Tameside Council’s cultural services team with help from Mossley-based international carnival organisation Global Grooves, who are Tameside’s only Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Individual town Christmas tree switch-ons – which are led by community groups, town teams and charities – will continue as usual. The line-up is:
Friday, 22 November: Audenshaw and Dukinfield.
Saturday, 23 November: Denton, Droylsden and Mossley.
Saturday, 30 November: Ashton, Hollingworth and Hyde.