A procession of lanterns and light through Fratton ending with entertainment in the Church. Fratton Big Local helping Fratton to shine. Weather permitting the procession will leave the Royal British Legion Club at Fratton Bridge at 6.00pm and should arrive at St Mary’s by 6.30pm.
The theme this year is ‘’The Sea’’ so look out for jellyfish , squid and puffer fish in Fratton Road . Not to mention a Whale and the annual return of the Fratton Fox.
Over 300 people have made lanterns in workshops in Fratton ready for this event. Many will be returning to carry them on the night but there are also lanterns kindly made for other participants to carry. Or you can make your own lantern at home and join in the parade but please remember they must be lit by battery torches.
As in previous years, the parade will be led by the Batala Samba Band. There will be free warm drinks available for paraders at the church, and refreshments on sale. Entertainment includes Top Banana Circus, St Mary’s Choir, Pebbles on the Beach Drama and Batala .
This is also great chance to discover what Fratton Big Local has been doing in the area and chat about future plans including contributing ideas to PCC’s ‘’ Future High Street’’ Bid.
Father Bob White, Chair of Fratton Big Local, said:
‘The Festival of Lights in Fratton is always a great community occasion and a chance to celebrate together and enjoy the lanterns made by local people. Fratton Big Local seeks to work with others to light up Fratton and show to others what a great place this is – I hope we might see you there!’