Chinese lanterns ‘race’ helps good causes

Ready for take off: Mark Holmes with a Chinese lantern for the charity event. Photo: SG080211-571NG

Ready for take off: Mark Holmes with a Chinese lantern for the charity event. Photo: SG080211-571NG

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CHINESE lanterns lit up the night sky over Spalding on Tuesday – and boosted the funds of two good causes.

Macmillan Cancer Support and Tulip Radio will share in the £700-plus proceeds of the charity event, organised by James Holland, marketing manager with Spalding bowling alley Alleycatz.

Each of the 52 lanterns was sponsored. And the sponsor of the lantern that travels the furthest will win up to 80 games of bowling for their firm.

There are prizes too for finders with details printed on the side of each lantern.

Mr Holland said the lanterns were 100 per cent biodegradable with bamboo frames and string in place of the usual metal candle holder.

The lanterns were set off from Alleycatz on Tuesday night instead of last Friday when high winds made it too dangerous to send them up.

Mr Holland said almost all of the lanterns headed off towards Pinchbeck – one went towards the town centre and another towards Weston.

He added: “Hopefully it can become a yearly event.”