Excited Lincoln schoolchildren can hardly wait to star in a festive event when they will parade with sparkling gifts from a Christmas visitor.
They are counting down the days until Lincoln BIG’s Lantern Parade on December 15, when they will be carrying 70 special star-shaped lights, which have been donated by Lincoln Christmas Market Trader Andy Jupp of PaperStarlights.
Youngsters from the city’s Westgate Academy, in Westgate, will be attaching the star lanterns to light wands, to create an unmissable spectacle as they process from the city’s Cornhill, up the High Street and Steep Hill to Castle Hill, where a carol service will take place. The parade starts at 6pm.
This year Mr Jupp, who is a long-time regular stallholder at the Lincoln Christmas Market, celebrated 20 years in business and he wanted to recognise the occasion by giving something back to a city which he loves to return to time and time again.
“During the market, I traditionally trade from a stall at the entrance to The Lawn complex. We have enjoyed a long and happy relationship with this event and made a huge number of friends over the years, both traders and residents,” said Andy.
“One of the most fantastic aspects is that lots of families have grown up with us and now their children are coming along to our stall and buying their own starlights.”
Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said Andy’s fantastic gift of starlights would add an extra special dimension to the annual Lincoln BIG Lantern Parade.
The City of Lincoln Council, oversees the Lincoln Christmas Market and the bookings of stalls for the event, which get snapped-up very quickly.
The City of Lincoln Council’s Principal Events and Culture Officer Claire McDowall said: ”PaperStarlights is one of the most popular stalls at the market and it is great to welcome Andy back again.
“It is wonderful to hear a visiting trader talking about the special ambience of our Christmas Market and saying how much they enjoy returning to the city year after year.”