Stanwell lantern parade

Over 500 residents and children took part in the lantern parade

Over 500 local residents and children from Town Farm Primary, Stanwell Fields Primary and Thomas Knyvett School took part in a lantern parade on Friday 30 November as part of the annual 'Christmas in Stanwell' celebrations.

Special workshops were held to help the children make their lanterns in preparation for the parade which started from St Mary's Church and made its way to the Christmas tree by the Sir John Gibson Pub for carol singing and the switching on of lights. Staines Brass Band provided the music.

Many of the children wore fancy dress and Father Christmas gave prizes for the most festive costumes. 

Cllr Maureen Attewell, Spelthorne's Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: "The Stanwell Lantern Parade is a lovely festive event that gets everyone in the mood for Christmas. I hope the children had a good time and had chance to enjoy a mince pie or two!"

The event was organised by Spelthorne Borough Council, Stanwell Local Conversation group, Stanwell Events, Friends of Stanwell Fields, Town Farm School PTA, Thomas Knyvett School PTA, representatives from the schools, Sean Flynn from the Sir John Gibson Pub, Cllr Susan Doran and Surrey County Councillor Robert Evans who sponsored the tree. Thank you to St Mary the Virgin Church Stanwell for letting the parade gather in the church and all the others who helped make this a great success.