Art gallery creates light work of lantern making

TWO lantern making workshops, held at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge, were illuminating experiences.

Organisers were delighted with the turnout at the second event as about 100 children and parents attended in the build up to the Northern Lights Festival which was held in the town.

Children got to design and make their own lantern.

Gallery assistant Helen Dodsworth said: “It was nice to see it so busy at the second workshop.

“The first one was quieter and not so well attended but all the children produced some lovely lanterns.”

Local schools also visited the art gallery during the build up to the lantern parade for their own workshops.

MORE than 600 children made lanterns in the build up to the Northern Lights Festival.Building up to the event, the arts and engagement team from Tameside Council’s cultural services department was busy working with schools, Scouts, Guides, dance groups and the public making lanterns for the parade in Stalybridge with workshops at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery.

Schools and groups involved included: Ridge Hill Big Local, Little Angels Nursery, Tame Valley Scouts, Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School, Wild Bank Community School, Arlies Primary School, 1st Stalybridge Guides, cast of The Snow Queen from Hyde Little Theatre, Lyndhurst Primary School, St Peter’s RC Primary and Nursery School, The Hey’s Primary School and Hyde Chapel Rainbows

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