Bring your torches and join the parade

One of the rural arts groups previous lantern parades.
One of the rural arts groups previous lantern parades.

Bring your torches and join in the parade. That’s the invitation from the organisers of the Lantern Parade this Saturday, March 25.

The Maybole 500 committee would really like as many people and organisations as possible in the parade to join with those who have made lanterns featuring the town’s history.

Taking part in the parade, which will leave Carrick Academy at 7pm, will be the Marquess and Marchioness of Ailsa, Provost Helen Moonie as well as the local MSP, MP and councillors.

It will make its way to Glebe Park where there will be music from Maybole Pipe Band and SheBoom , possibly Europe’s largest women’s drum band, as well as a finale featuring pyrotechnics, music and a bonfire with a wicker structure being burned.

Financial support for the Maybole 500 project has been provided by funds from Ayrshire LEADER, the Heritage Lottery Fund, North Carrick Community Benefit Company, Ayrshire Youth Arts Network and South Ayrshire Council.

Ingrid Powell of Carrick Rural Arts Group said: “This Saturday come along to Maybole 500 Lantern Parade celebrating 500 years of history in Maybole. Starting at Carrick Academy at 7pm, the procession will wind its way down the main street with Maybole Pipe Band leading the way and the infectious rhythms of Sheboom samba Band leading the lanterns created by local children and adults down to Glebe Park for a firey finale show.”