Two hundred people and a fabulous array of colourful lanterns took part in the annual parade through Cockermouth.

The handmade lanterns and their creators made their way from Memorial Gardens and along Main Street, ending up at the Town Hall.

Adding to the festive fun was Cockermouth Music School's Samba band.

At the town hall, there was more music, before participants - ranging in age from toddlers to pensioners - headed to All Saints' Church for refreshments.

In the church members of Sing Owt sang while All Saints' Church bells were ringing.

This year's parade had a river industry theme. At workshops in the Kirkgate Centre and Highfield Community Centre, professional lantern makers Stomping Ground helped all ages make a magical lantern inspired by Cockermouth’s industrial river heritage.

Stomping Ground had created a turning water wheel lantern, which lead the parade.

A creative group was set up to plan and manage the event. It includes Riversmeet, New Arts North, Sing Owt and the Kirkgate Centre.

Cathy Newbery, of Riversmeet, joined the parade with her children, Lydia and Ghyll.

"It was great, a fantastic community event. There were lots of new faces as well as old and a great range of ages," she said.

"There was a fantastic selection of lanterns which people had made at workshops or in their own homes. The Samba band are a key part of the event, they provided music outside the town hall where it was really nice to all gather at the end. Everyone could see all the different lanterns.

"It worked well going to the church afterwards for a drink and a chat."

Stewarding the event were volunteers from Cartmell Shepherd, at Dovenby, and the Kirkgate Centre.

The organisers would like to hear from anyone who would like to help run the event next year.

"It's a lovely community event, we're always looking for more people to help organise it," said Cathy.

Anyone who can help should contact