After a creative week making fantastic bird lanterns of all shapes and sizes, to hearing tales of ‘Gully’ the mischievous seagull, portrayed by Fisherman’s Friend Jon Cleave, and singing shanties from the sea, the Island Light Festival ended with a bang on Saturday night with the magnificent parade of lanterns and firework display.
Everyone’s efforts came together on Saturday March 1st as lanterns of all shapes and sizes were lit up and paraded through the streets of Hugh Town. This year’s theme was Scilly’s amazing bird-life, and to celebrate the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project, the Articulate Team of artists worked with Scilly’s community to put together a variety of bird lanterns including a Gannet, a Tern, a Swan, small hand-held Puffin lanterns and even a rat!
Starting at the Children’s Centre, the lanterns made their merry way down the Strand and through Hugh Street, before stopping outside Park House for a sing-song, performed by the St Mary’s ladies choir.
The lanterns were then paraded to Holgate’s Green where crowds could watch a short firework display.
Joel Williams (Children’s Centre and Extended Services Manager) said, ‘’ Over 350 people from Scilly got involved and took part in the week’s festivities. Many thanks to everyone who helped out during the week whether it was helping to make the lanterns, or volunteering to carry them during the parade. We hope you enjoyed it!’’.
This community event was organised by the Isles of Scilly Children’s Services Department with funding also coming from the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB ) Partnership. Workshops were organised by Articulate and local artists.