Girvan all set for Carnival of light

People from all ages love getting involved in the procession.
People from all ages love getting involved in the procession.

Girvan is set to be transformed into a Carnival of Light on Saturday night (October 24) as people from across Carrick parade their lanterns.

The event is making a welcome return to the town’s events calendar after it had to be called off in 2014.

The lantern procession is being rebranded as the Carnival of Light and organisers say that after six weeks of workshops the town is in for a treat.

Workshops held on Saturday’s in the Scout Hall and the “Lantern Cafe” in Girvan as well as in Maybole, Dunure and Kirkmichael have ensured a spectacular theme of “Fish n Ships.”

The parade forms at 6.30pm on Piedmont Road at Glendoune Centre before the drums of Sambayabamba return to lead the Carnival of light through the town with music dance, light and lanterns as fish n ships of all shapes and sizes flow through the town towards the shorefront. The procession should start officially at 7pm.

On the Shorefront the CRAG arts team working with local young people will stage the unique Fish N Ships finale show to bring the six week arts project to a close at around 7.30pm.

All lanterns need to be collected from the Arts Workshop at 37B Bridge Street (between council yard and Girvan Exhaust). You can collect anytime when the door is open between Mon-Fri. The last collection is on Saturday morning. Please phone 01465 715621 for further info.

Lanterns should be brought to the Glendoune Centre from 6.30 pm. If you have a cane please bring it along. All canes should be left at the shorefront collection point. To avoid litter organisers say people should take their lanterns home and hope everyone has a good night.

Organisers Carrick Rural Arts Group the are looking for Stewards to help with the parade from 18:00 until about 19:30, starting at the Glendoune Association office, 60 Piedmont Road, Girvan.