Date published: 25 October 2017
Artist Julie Willoughby with Gainsborough residents Francesca Snelling and four-year-old son Fraser MacDonnal.
Residents put their creative talents to the test this week at a free lantern-making workshop in Gainsborough.
The Trinity Arts Centre had a full house on the first day of the school half term to create ‘flame’ lanterns in celebration of Gainsborough’s role in the Pilgrim’s story. The lanterns will be used as part of the Gainsborough Illuminate Lantern Festival on 22November.
As previously reported, the special commemorative event is being held in the town thanks to a grant from the Arts Council England. The parade recognises our region's important connections to the story of the Pilgrims, some of whom came from here before they sailed to America nearly 400 years ago.
Using willow, masking tape and tissue paper, residents rolled up their sleeves and with a little guidance from artists they created their own magnificent masterpiece in the shape of a flame.
Blyton resident Kerry Greenwood, 53, expressed just how easy the lanterns were to create. She said: “Even for beginners, it was so easy to create something fantastic with so few materials! The workshop has been very interesting an exciting.”
Dr Anna Scott, Mayflower 400 Officer for West Lindsey District Council was delighted to see the turnout at the event!
She said: “It’s so great to see so many people interested in Gainsborough’s role in the Pilgrim’s story! It’s brilliant to see how excited people are, and truly lovely to help residents make their very own lanterns to join in with the Gainsborough Illuminate Parade this November. I would encourage everyone to come down to one of the workshops and take part in this exciting project!”
If you missed this workshop, there are plenty of other chances to make ‘flame’ lanterns with professional artists who specialise in willow art, lanterns and festivals.
Free public workshops will take place at the following locations and times:
The parade will take place in the town on Wednesday 22 November, and people who have made lanterns at the free workshops can begin to register from 4.30pm that day on Silver Street (near Argos) for a parade start of 5pm to the Market Square and on to the grounds of Gainsborough Old Hall.
Find out more about Gainsborough’s Pilgrim heritage and West Lindsey’s partnership in the official Mayflower 400 project at www.mayflower400uk.org.
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