Local school children woke up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning to show off their handmade lanterns for a community parade through the streets of Catford.
Organised by Corbett Residents’ Association and local resident Martha O’Toole, the Catford South Kids’ Lantern Parade was funded by enthusiastic local residents on crowdfunding platform Spacehive, as well as Lewisham Council and the Archibald Corbett Society.
Panoramic images and clips from the parade were tweeted by enthusiastic residents.
Getting ready for Catford’s first lantern parade! pic.twitter.com/ANChHyE6qb
— Tamara Froud (@mosaicallsorts) November 19, 2016
The parade also included a samba band.
— Gill (@gillhillan) November 19, 2016
The project received widespread support from residents. Ben Neverest, who put £50 behind the project, said on Facebook: “If the project helps innovate creative life in the next generation of kids in Catford and keeps them off the streets (or on the streets in a good way) then it’s a great idea.”
Nicola Stockton took note of the “special atmosphere” and Sylvia Synodinou praised the “amazing community spirit” present at the event.
Many present on the day posted pictures on Twitter.
— Sylvia Synodinou (@Catford_Sylvia) November 19, 2016
Twitter user @EmilieHubbard filmed the following timelapse video of the impressively long line of lanterns snaking into the night, while Rosie Downes filmed the bobbing lanterns making their way down a street in her area.
— emily (@EmilieHubbard) November 19, 2016
Wow, the Catford lantern parade is massive! So impressed – this is only a tiny bit of it parading down our sleepy street. pic.twitter.com/dTdKv9OMn1
— Rosie Downes (@rosannadownes) November 19, 2016