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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Maryport glows in the dark at lantern parade

Maryport was a blaze of colour on Saturday night as more than 200 people took part in a lantern parade.

The parade was held in Ewanrigg to launch the area’s £1 million Big Local Fund.

Ewanrigg has been promised £1 million, to be spent over the next 10 years, to help raise community and individual aspirations and tackle social problems and unemployment.

The aim is to involve every member of the community in collecting information on how the money can best help them.

Saturday night saw the launch of the consultation project.

Ian Douglas, a freelance artist working with Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake, has run lantern-making workshops at the Ewanrigg Community Centre.

As well as estate residents, lanterns were also made by Our Lady and St Patrick’s School, Ewanrigg and Netherhall Tenants’ and Residents’ Association’s Coffee and Crack group, Barnardo’s, Netherton School and the boys’ club.

Mr Douglas also created a wish centre, where people could leave their wishes for the area. Music organisation Soundwave helped local people to form a junk band on Saturday afternoon.

The drumming of the band and the flaming lanterns, ranging from the gigantic to the small, brought people to their gates across the estate.

Following the parade, students from Lakes College at Lillyhall performed a short play, Acorns, based on a Russian folk tale which showed that great things could come from small acorns.

The event ended with a pea and pie supper.

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In the midst of todays doom and gloom Ewanrigg has become a truly bright spot over the past eighteen months since the Tenants and Residents Association was revied. Real community spirit has emerged and the hard working vlunteers involved are being rewarded by the support of the public as this lantern parade showed. Add fifty Xmas dinners each at the bingo and coffee and crack groups and over a hundred at the childrens Xmas party this weekend then this is one area that certainly does have a bright future.

Posted by Bill Barnes on 18 December 2011 at 10:03

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