Monster night at the Festival of light

One of the fantastic lanterns in the parade
One of the fantastic lanterns in the parade

Saturday, October 24 was a monstrous day with stormy seas, high winds, rain, sunshine and hail thrown in for good measure.

But it was full steam ahead on the good ship CRAG as behind the scenes in the lantern workshops and on the beach the Carrick Rural Arts Group crew prepared for the night ahead.

And what a onster of a night. With light fading and lanterns collected everything clicked into place for the lantern makers, their families and the folk of Carrick coming together for the 1st Carnival of light Fish n Ship lantern procession.

With the drums of sambayabamba producing some amazing sounds, spirits were high as the River of Light began its journey towards the sea, with a sea monster, a flotilla of ships, shoals of fish pyramids and lanterns of all shapes and sizes flowing down through town delighting visitors and local folk alike as they made their way shoreward.

On the beach David Powell and the CRAG arts team artists and volunteers staged the fish n ships finale show with music, light, lanterns and fire transforming the shorefront in a blaze of light bringing the evening and the six-week Carnival of Light Lantern Project to a successful close.

The 2015 Crag arts crew were Barry, Catrin, Charlie, Chelsea, David, Dylan, Gareth, Ingrid, Jane, Jay, Sheena, Senga and Tom.

Carrick Rural Arts Group would like to thank everyone who pushed the boat out to make the night a success, in particular Diane Ianneralli.

Many thanks to the ATC, RNLI, Police Scotland and the lantern lighters, stewards and volunteers without whom this project would not have taken place.

Thanks also to local councillors Alec Clark and Alex Oattes, and to the Carrick Community CLD team Alison, Jordan and Ronnie for their support and Stuart Cook from Robert Cook Agricultural Engineers and Andrew McKie for premises, and to Arts For All.

Many thanks to Funders South Ayrshire Council, Cultural Coordinator Laura Kerr, Ayrshire Youth Arts Network, Carrick Futures and Girvan Regeneration Fund.