We’re getting closer to the big day, and the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade that you know and love promises to be the most spectacular yet!
Thanks to the successful community crowdfunding campaign this summer, and the support from local traders and the Bedminster Business Improvement Group, we raised enough funds to give the go ahead for the project.
What’s been going on?
Nine local primary schools and a host of BS3 community groups have been building colourful lanterns, large and small over the last couple of months, which will be unveiled and illuminated when the Parade starts from outside St Francis Church on North Street.
While all this fabulous work has been going in, the committee have been sorting out the other vital logistics on the food, fireworks and entertainment. But more on that later.
What you need to know about is the road closures.
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Following approval by Bristol City Council, the Parade route will be closed to traffic from 3pm to 6pm.
This means that traffic, including some bus services will be diverted away from North Street, Dean Lane, Cannon St, British Road and South Street for the duration of the event.
“We appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience, particularly for deliveries in the area, and a change to some normal Saturday afternoon arrangements. However, we hope people will understand that for this special one-off annual community event involving all ages, we can’t take the risk of allowing traffic into our Parade route.” – Malcolm Brammar, #bemmylanterns committee Chair
So that’s a bit brilliant!
We’ve also recruited a bunch of volunteers to act as road safety stewards along the length of the Parade, but we are are in need of more.