Lanterns light up the town

The tenth Festival of Light and lantern parade and fireworks display lit up a winter’s night in Girvan on Saturday.

Ten years old this year, the festival had around 400 lantern makers who had spent the previous few weeks making some wonderful creations at the lantern workshops across Carrick.

There were 7000 willow rods, 3500 metres of masking tape and workshops running from Dunure in the north to Barrhill in the south.

Organised by Carrick Rural Arts Group the festival this year celebrated the seaside fairgrounds of the past with helter-skelters and fairground carousels, dodgems and sideshows.The parade began on a cold and wet night but that did not deter the lantern makers who left the Glendoune Centre on Piedmont Road just after 6.30pm.

Around half an hour later the carnivals began and there was a Carousels Finale Performance in Louisa Drive Shorefront in Girvan before an amazing fireworks display organised by Girvan Attractions.