Lantern walk

image imageAn event which began on Ludlow’s Whitcliffe Common with just a handful of youngsters a few years ago has turned into a most popular evening for children and their parents.
The annual Lantern Walk, which is organised by Shropshire Wildlife Trust, had fewer than a dozen the first time it was held. Year on year the numbers have increased so that this time there were almost 90 children and parents taking part.
They were led on a twilight walk over the common, stopping from time to time for Bryony Carter, SWT’s People and Wildlife Officer, to tell them light hearted “ghost” stories.
The walk ended with the procession making their way back along the Breadwalk to the picnic area at Dinham, their balloon lanterns making a lovely display which was reflected in the river.
The picnic area is used because it is a safe place for parents and helpers from the Friends of Whitcliffe members to watch the children as they served them drinks and handed out sweets (which are paid for by two of the FOWC Trustees as they have been since the event began).
Bryony supervised the toasting of marshmallows over a fire dish while most of the children enjoyed sparklers. The evening, as it has since it began, ended with a very brief display – just one combination firework – paid for by another FOWC Trustee.
Bryony Carter paid tribute to the assistance given to her by the FOWC members which helped to bring so much enjoyment to so many.
Chair Daphne Jones said FOWC was delighted to be able to help at such a popular event for youngsters. “We have watched this event grow in popularity over the years and are so pleased that it brings youngsters to Whitcliffe where they can appreciate what a wonderful asset it is for Ludlow.”