Lantern walk lights up Illuminate event

With its spectacular parade of lanterns, music and entertainment, the Illuminate event in north Notts on Sunday (19th November) drew crowds of people.

It was part of the countdown to the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower and recognises the area’s  important connections to the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, some of whom came from the area before they sailed to America in 1620.

Bishop Paul took part in a candle lighting service at St Helena’s Church in Austerfield, which was followed by a Lantern Parade through Bawtry. It started at the Phoenix Theatre and processed along the High Street. Entertainment was provided  by the Phoenix Theatre and the Quirky Choir at a Civic Service in St. Nicholas’ Church.

The Bishop also preached during the very well attended civic service.

Sunday’s events were part of a series planned to highlight north Notts’ links with the Mayflower Pilgrims. On Tuesday (21st November) more than 100 schoolchildren carried lanterns they had made through Retford.

The parade was led by the Chair of Bassetlaw District Council, Madelaine Richardson, and Mayor of Retford, Helen Richards. A civic service followed at St Swithun’s Parish Church, which was attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Jan Richardson; the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Col. David Sneath; Vice-Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Sue Saddington; Chair of Bassetlaw District Council, Madelaine Richardson; Mayor of Retford, Helen Richards; Leader and Deputy Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, Cllrs Simon Greaves and Jo White; and Chief Executive of Bassetlaw District Council, Neil Taylor.

Readings, prayers and blessings were given by the Revds Peter Sheasby, Sue Caddy and Associate Archdeacon Phil Williams.