Midwinter Wakes: Lighting Up Newcastle Under Lyme, Saturday 10th December
Local community group Newcastle Lanterns Supporters Club (NLSC) has received awards from Celebrate England Big Lottery fund , Arts Council England and Sustrans Pocket Places for People and to reinterpret the local tradition of ‘Wakes’ celebrations for the festive season.
Across industrial North Staffordshire Wakes Weeks were traditional holidays. Factories and mines shut down and workers and their families would enjoy the fairs that came to town during their time off.
B-Arts, the artistic directors of Midwinter Wakes, are reinterpreting the Wakes festivities as a winter festival of light.
Working with the theme of ‘Flight’ the celebrations include a light sculpture installation in the alleyways of Newcastle, a community lantern parade, a high-quality Christmas gift market and a range of entertainment. B-Arts and NLSC volunteers will work with community groups to create the parade.
You can join in the celebrations by making your own lantern with paper and willow to carry in the parade. Every Saturday up to and including 3rd December, 10am – 4pm, 60 Ironmarket, NUL. NLSC are also looking for volunteer performers, stewards and community groups who want to dress up and take part.
Newcastle’s Town Crier, Gordon Brayford says:
“I love taking part in the Lantern parade, a fantastic community event. The town and its streets are ours: Come and have some fun there.”
Rebecca Leach, Chair and founder of NLSC, says:
“We’re delighted to have received these awards to be able to celebrate our community. Newcastle Under Lyme is a town with a proud heritage of farming, markets, heavy industry and holidays and we’re thrilled to be able to pay tribute to that. We hope to unite the whole community.
Come along and enjoy!”
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