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VIDEO: Lanterns shine out at Truro City of Lights to mark royal Jubilee

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

  • The City of Lights festival in Truro Pictures: Colin Higgs

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A shimmering procession of lanterns made its way through the streets of Truro last night in the City of Lights festival.

Thousands of spectators lining the streets watched as huge lanterns, many depicting kings and queens, floated through the packed streets.

Click here to see a gallery of Truro City of Lights 2012.

Every year the event adopts a theme and this time round it was royalty in a nod to the Queen's Jubilee.

Roads leading in and out of the city centre were sealed off while the hour-long parade of lanterns ambled around the city.

Every year hundreds of schoolchildren, community groups and local artists create lanterns using willow and tissue.

The extravaganza began life in 1995 as an educational project celebrating Truro's architecture.

Since its early days the spectacle has grown to attract about 15,000 people.

Live music last night had onlookers tapping their toes with energetic performances from samba and steel bands in the city centre.

Tony Crosby, artistic director of City of Lights, said he was delighted with the continuing success of the parade.

He said: "When it was started we realised a new tradition was emerging and we're very conscious that for it to grow and be healthy it was something that needs to be renewed each year.

"The artists are a key part of this.

"We take the simplest of things – paper, sticks and glue – mix in imagination and have something that really brings people together and creates a unique and special time for Truro.

"The artists set themselves the task of ensuring the lanterns interact with the audience while exploring new lighting methods."

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  • Big_Ger  |  November 15 2012, 10:55AM

    And a lovely sight it was too!

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