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Hats off to Christmas

Press Release: 05/10/2018

 

A festive carnival parade celebrating Tameside’s industrial heritage will be among the highlights of this year’s Christmas events.

 

The Tameside Christmas Celebration Event, which will include the ever popular lantern parade, will this year take place in Denton on 8 December – paying particular homage to the local hatting industry which has close links with the town.

 

The borough-wide event will be a fantastic finale to all the individual Christmas celebration events and lights switch ons taking place in Tameside’s towns during November and December.

 

Tameside Council Cultural Services will once again be working with locally based and internationally respected arts organisation Global Grooves on the lantern parade following a successful bid for Arts Council England funding.

 

This year will be extra beautiful as the lantern parade, which will take place from 6 - 7.30pm, will take a route through Victoria Park in Denton – with the whole park being lit up as a magical place to explore.

 

Schools, community groups and individuals can get involved and take part in workshops with professional artists to create spectacular illuminated lantern sculptures, more traditional hand carried lanterns and themed carnival and parade costumes.

 

All of the lantern making workshops will take place in October and November in readiness for the parade in December. Anyone who wants to get involved should email expressing interest to events@tameside.gov.uk or call directly on 0161 342 4144. Please bear in mind that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for Cultural Services Cllr Leanne Feeley said: “We are working with towns and the community to plan some fantastic festive events this year and we really want people to get involved, while supporting their local towns and traders. The run up to Christmas is always busy so you may want to make a note of these dates in your diaries and calendars to make sure you can join in and enjoy the celebrations.

Local community and business led Christmas celebration events, supported by the council, will take place in the borough’s other towns on the following dates – with further details to be announced nearer to the time:
 

17 November              Droylsden

17 November              Stalybridge

23 November              Dukinfield

23 November              Audenshaw

23 November              Micklehurst

24 November              Ashton

24 November              Mossley

24 November              Hollingworth

1 December                Hyde

7-9 December             Denton (local town centre festivities in addition to the Tameside wide event  on 8 December)

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