Calls have been made for a spectacular pre-Christmas parade, which was staged in Alnwick on Sunday, to return next year.
The stunning procession was led by Spark – a magical live music, light and movement spectacular – who thrilled the crowds. The dazzling parade began in The Alnwick Garden at 5.30pm, before moving into the town centre – passing through the Bondgate Tower, along Bondgate Within and into the Market Place.
The event proved very popular, with people of all ages turning out to see it.
And Alnwick Chamber of Trade chairman Carlo Biagioni and councillor Gordon Castle hope the procession, which included children holding specially-made lanterns, can make a return.
Mr Biagioni said: “The lantern parade and the atmosphere around Spark was phenomenal. It was fantastic coming through the arch at Bondgate Tower and then into the Market Place with all the Christmas lights glowing. The kids absolutely loved it.
“There must have been about a thousand people along the road and in the Market Place. Everyone seemed to have a great time and lots of people have said how wonderful it was with everyone getting into the Christmas spirit.
“We do believe it could be an annual occurrence and hopefully year after year the town can participate even more.
“Alnwick Chamber of Trade and Alnwick Tourism Association are very grateful to the Duchess and The Garden management for being the catapult for this magnificent event.”
Alnwick town and county councillor Gordon Castle was equally full of praise for the procession. Writing on Facebook after the event, he said: “It went well and it was something different, popular and good, which I hope we can repeat next year. Spark was a highly watchable, vivid and professional group and there were plenty of spectators, decent weather and no cost to the town.
“I think this was a very welcome and successful example of The Alnwick Garden trying to integrate better with the town and I give them credit for it. They paid for it all and even the road-closure costs, considerable bearing in mind the manpower costs on a Sunday evening, were borne by the county council whose officers responded very well to a short notice request.”