Going batty for lanterns!

December 19 2019
Going batty for lanterns!

As dusk falls over this year’s Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade, crowds can expect something spectacular to emerge onto the streets.

A large ‘Bemmy Bat’ lantern will be leading hundreds on the parade through BS3 and organisers are asking families in the area to name the incredible creature.

Those suggesting the winning name will get the chance to walk alongside the glowing mammal.

The idea was inspired by a piece created by local artist Andy Council and organisers thought that a bat would be the perfect creature to come out at dusk, when the parade starts.

Chair of BWLP Malcolm Brammar, said that organisers wanted something "distinctive and special" at the front of the parade and that challenged the artists creating the lantern.

In the build-up to the event on January 11, there will opportunities to find out how to get involved and to also gain a sneak preview of some of the lanterns.

On January 5, volunteers will be at the Tobacco Factory Sunday Market giving information about how to take part.

The day before the parade (January 10) in East Street over lunchtime, there will be a showcase of some of the lanterns, which local schoolchildren and community groups have been creating over the last three months.

Parade day is scheduled for January 11. At 5pm the parade of lanterns and bands will leave Mark’s Bread before making its way along North Street, Cannon Street, British Road and South Street.

The event finishes at Compass Point School with a short but spectacular firework display in South Street Park.

Streets will be closed to traffic from 3pm onwards with some temporary disruption to local bus services.

Street performers will be keeping the crowds entertained along the route from 4pm.

If you would like to suggest a name for the ‘Bemmy Bat’ – entries suggesting Batty McBatface will be immediately rejected! – email info@bwlp.org with contact details by 5pm on January 8. The winner will be announced on the Bedminster Winter Lanterns Facebook page and Twitter account by midday on January 10.

Photo: Children at Luckwell Primary School preparing their lantern for the parade