The students of Alderman Peel High School are getting stuck in making some colourful lanterns for this year's procession on the 1st December in Wells next the Sea.
I had such a lovely time at Xmas tide this year. I spent the day goofing around with the E.L.F. The crowd at Wells were really up for having a laugh which made our elf-ing all the more fun and enjoyable.
I then had a quick change into the lantern lady! This year we kept the lanterns plain and I think they looked really beautiful coming down Staithe Street. This is the main shopping street in Wells and it is really narrow, heading down towards the quay. It looked magical with fire breathers, Tricks and Sticks drumming and the lanterns all parading towards the sea for Father Christmas's arrival.
Booom! provided some topclass fireworks for the crowds and then they all headed off to meet Santa. I snuck off home at this point, it had been a very busy day!
So, it's that time of year again when the nights are drawing in and it's time to bring light into our lives.
I have been working on annual lit processions for over 10yrs and since moving out of London I have been working on Wells Xmas Tide; a local winter celebration on the North Norfolk coast. Rather brilliantly Father Christmas arrives, every year, on the tide via speed boat! The Lanterns light the way along the quay and once he has reached land there are some spectacular fireworks by Booom!, a local pyro company.
In previous years I have worked with the local primary school and community groups. This year I am helping the yr 7s at the High School create fairground inspired lanterns. As you can see from the photo they resembles a pile of sticks at the moment but hopefully in the next few weeks they will be transformed into beautiful illuminated creations!