Local children proudly paraded their handmade lanterns through Bexleyheath Broadway on 7 December) during Bexley’s first ever winter lantern parade, Let it Glow.
A large illumined puppet of Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka, operated and made by internationally renowned artist Tessa Garland, led the parade of around 40 handmade lanterns. Children and late night shoppers marched the length of the Broadway several times to the sound of a professional steel drum band, which performed their rendition of well-known Christmas Carols.
The Council commissioned leading arts and creative learning provider Bow Arts to run lantern making workshops, the parade and accompanying arts and crafts stalls, in partnership with the Bexleyheath Business Improvement District. Tessa Garland led the free workshops every Saturday for six weeks leading up to the event, showing children the skills they need to create and personalise their very own lanterns.