Light parade brightens up wintry South Shields

Marine Park Primary School and Westoe Crown Primary lanterns walk about
Marine Park Primary School and Westoe Crown Primary lanterns walk about

creative youngsters shone a light on their artistic talents at a special event which saw them light up the winter sky.

Pupils from Marine Park Primary School and Westoe Crown Primary School, both South Shields, joined forces to take part in a light festival.

The event, which had been scheduled to take place last month but was cancelled because of bad weather, was held last week.

Headteacher at Marine Park Primary School in Hatfield, South Shields, Alison Burden said: “January can often be viewed as a grey and rather solemn month, so we turned the disappointment to our advantage and made a bright, positive and rather shiny start to our year.”

Youngsters from both schools worked together with the help of artists Frances Anderson and Paula Turner of Dry Water Experimental Arts to create their own lanterns.

These were carried through the town’s Woodbine Estate by more than 400 children and their families.

The festival, attended by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, and Mayoress, Stella Matthewson, was led with a drumming parade and ended with a display of their work in the grounds of Westoe Crown Primary, in Sea Winnings Way.

Coun Cunningham said: “The children’s lanterns were very impressive. It was clear just how much effort they had put in to this project and I commend them for their hard work.

“The youngsters would normally have had their parade before Christmas but the event had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

“The lanterns provided some lovely warmth and brightness to the New Year and was a wonderful way to welcome 2015.”

It is the second time the schools have taken part in the festival after the idea by Marine Park Primary School.

Joanne Hogg, family support worker at Westoe Crown Primary School, said: “The light festival is something the children really look forward to as they really enjoy it.

“We have had some great feedback from the parents who also enjoyed taking part.

“It was just great seeing everyone coming together.”

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