Help support Girvan’s lantern parade

The fireworks display at Girvan along with the lantern parade last year.
The fireworks display at Girvan along with the lantern parade last year.

One of the most popular events in the Girvan calendar is hoping to make a comeback for 2015, but it needs your support.

The Girvan Festival of light was an annual event in the town for a decade before it was shelved last year due to main organisers David and Ingrid Powell not having the time to committ to organising it.

That came as a shock to Girvan residents who always enjoyed the procession of lanterns throughout the town on the first Saturday in November, on the same night as the Fireworks display.

Now though, the organisers are ready to make the festival of light an annual event once again but they require urgent help.

A meeting has been arranged for Wednesday April 1 at 7pm, in the McKechnie Institute in Girvan’s Dalrymple Street to discuss plans for the 2015 ‘Shine a Light’ event to which anybody is welcome to attend.

The Carrick Rural Arts Group, led by David and Ingrid Powell are holding the meeting with the intention of discussing a new vision for the event to ensure it is successful on an annual basis once again.

At the meeting, a working committee designed to help organise the event is hoped to be set up.

Ingrid Powell has also sent details of the meeting to a significant number of Primary Schools in the Carrick area as well as Girvan Academy, the Girvan Youth Trust and the three Girvan and South Carrick councillors in a bid to garner as much support as possible.

The parade had developed into a very famous event in the South West of Scotland and the lantern parade was featured on the websites of the BBC and The Guardian over the years.

Organisers said the importance of the procession cannot be understated as it brought the young and old together in the rural communities of Carrick to celebrate the richness of the community as people flocked from the villages such as Barr, Barrhill, Ballantrae, Colmonell, Dailly, Pinmore, Pinwherry and elsewhere to participate on the night which would also have entertainment such as funfair rides available for the children.

The working committee would be tasked with organising workshops within the schools in the build up to the event which was the case throughout the years the festival was held.

Workshops were held at primary schools in the Carrick area as well as Girvan Academy, usually on Saturday mornings as plans for the procession came to fruition.

Children were enthralled by the opportunity to make their lanterns and were left disappointed when last years event didn’t go ahead.

Organisers hope to see as many people as possible at the meeting next Wednesday evening but if you can’t make it along to the McKechnie Institute, you can e-mail any ideas for the future of the lantern parade to where all ideas will be taken on board and discussed by organisers.