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The Ulverston Lantern Festival aims to unite their community in craft each year and 2017 was the biggest year yet. Over 8,000 people attended the ‘Outer Space’ themed festival in September, while over 800 lanterns were produced by locals at home and at volunteer-led workshops. Highlights included a 14-foot tall E.T. made by Ulverston 2nd Scouts, a giant USS Enterprise and a glowing Tim Peake alongside a whole galaxy of other stars, rockets and aliens.

A small committee of volunteers sold lantern-making kits to help raise funds towards the running of the festival while schools and community groups were given discounted kits. The festival was supported by local businesses who helped with promotion and contributed advertising to fund a new printed programme.

With a new parade route and large area to manage, volunteer stewards were recruited to become Space Port Operatives. 20 people took on this fun, fancy dress role and turned up in silver catsuits, helping to keep everything on track while wielding bubble guns.


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