A procession of lanterns lit up the night sky in Helston yesterday as schools from across the town and the Lizard Peninsula joined for a festive Friday night.

The Children’s Lantern Parade followed on from a successful switch on night two weeks ago and saw crowds of people fill the streets again to watch.

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Parc Eglos school in the parade

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Trannack School also got involved

Schoolchildren have spent the last few weeks creating their paper lanterns for the parade, which was held with the support of the Truro City of Lights organisers.

Also part of the parade was an impressive lantern depicting Helston inventor Henry Trengrouse, created by staff and volunteers at the Museum for Cornish Life in Helston.

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The impressive Henry Trengrouse lantern created by the Museum for Cornish Life, Helston

Fortunately the rain held off during the event, which also included plenty of other festive fun.

Leading the parade was Father Christmas and, before and afterwards, he could be visited in his grotto by children. He also brought along his reindeer for the night, which people could see in a pen set up in Coinagehall Street.

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Father Christmas leads the lantern parade

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Liam and Amy visit the reindeers

Frozen characters Elsa and Anna were on hand to greet children and have their photos taken, and there was entertainment in the run up to the parade from a Greatest Showman themed flashmob.

This was performed by a group of street dancers led by Jadine Hocking, who danced to the tracks The Greatest Show, Come Alive and This Is Me from the film.

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Bella with Frozen characters Anna and Elsa

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The Greatest Showman flashmob led by Jadine Hocking

A spokesperson for the event praised the “great turnout” for the parade, adding: “We were lucky with the weather, it could have been a washout! Well done and thanks to all involved.

“That’s two successful festive events in Helston. Merry Christmas everyone!”

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John Hocking leads the street dance as ringmaster

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Rebecca Wills joins the parade