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Dinosaur lights up the Newton lantern parade

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Published by Peter Bird for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Communities and also in Housing

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Residents in Newton, Hyde looked on in amazement during a recent lantern parade through their streets as leading from the front was a Triceratops. Fortunately there was no cause for alarm as this life-size dinosaur was a lantern, just one of many built by the children from the local schools.

The parade was arranged and organised by Flowery Field infants and primary schools and over the last few weeks children, their families and a number of tenants have been working very hard to create the magnificent paper lanterns.

The lanterns, produced in art sessions thanks to New Charter Homes contribution, came in all shapes and sizes and included dolphins, swans, dinosaurs, flowers and even a couple of Big Ben clocks.

Tony Powell, New Charter’s Director of Neighbourhoods said: “This is the first time we have had involvement with Flowery Field schools and we are delighted in how successful this parade has been. It has shown off everyone’s creative talents and it was wonderful to see so many parents coming out to join in what was a real community atmosphere.”

Tony adds: “A lot of the credit must go to the Headmaster Alvin Fell and his diligent and hard-working staff but the main praise must be to the pupils who created the amazing work of arts that lit up Newton and delighted the residents.” 

Over 500 members of the local community, led by the school Samba Band, left Flowery Field Primary school and headed along Old Road, Field Street, Bennet Street then back onto Old Road and into the school for hot Vimto and warming soup.  

A special thanks goes to neighbourhood beat officer Kevin McEvoy and local patrollers who carried out the traffic management, New Charter’s Melanie Kearns, Colin Wood and the local residents group who made sure that the Vimto and soup were readily available and to Ward Councillors Peter Robinson, Helen Bowden and Philip Fitzpatrick for their financial contribution. 

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