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Holbeach stages spectacular festive lantern parade

Holbeach was all lit up on Friday night for the St Nicholas Fayre and Light Extravaganza.

Children from five schools carried lanterns and paraded with their families from the Reading Rooms to All Saints' Church, which was a blaze of colour with projected Christmas card scenes.

Several key buildings were also in lights to add to the festive atmosphere.

There were craft, gift and food stalls in the church and they were very busy again on Saturday.

Schools taking part were William Stukeley, Holbeach Primary Academy, Fleet Wood Lane, Holbeach Bank and Holbeach St Marks.

Jane Francis, who chairs the organising committee, estimates there were more than 1,000 people watching the parade.

More than 200 schoolchildren took part.

Jane said: "The parade was fabulous and it was a lot of fun.

Children had their faces painted with UV paint to stand out and there was also a silent disco.

Jane said: "I went into the silent disco to watch and there was a whole crowd of them doing the Time Warp dance. "

Funding over the weekend was raised for Beech Lodge and for Lincs Ark as well as for the fayre so it can continue next year.

Jane thanked Tesco Bags of Help, Holbeach charity Chosen and local businesses who sponsored the event.

Carol Rudkin, a member of the organising committee, said: "Ithink it's one of the best ones we have ever done. There was a lot of Christmas atmosphere in the church and outside.

"It was a fantastic weekend."

Her husband Graham, also on the committee, said: "It was a really lovely night - it was a really nice community event."

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