Mossley pupils make light work of parade preparation
Friday 18th November 2016 @ 09:25 by Adam Higgins
Community Mossley & Saddleworth News

Reading and writing were off the curriculum for the afternoon whilst pupils from a Mossley school prepared for the town’s new light festival.

Children from Milton St John’s CE Primary, and some of their parents, worked with artist Gordon Banks, to craft their own lights from bamboo and tissue paper.

Thirty-seven students from the Reception class up to Year Six took part.

The day was extra special as the pupils were able to wear their own clothes as part of fundraising efforts towards their Christmas fayre.

Two handmade four-metre-high animatronic peacocks will lead an after dark illuminated procession from Seel Park at 6pm on Thursday, November 24. The parade culminates in Mossley’s Christmas lights switch on in the market square.

The first annual Mossley Light Festival also brings newly commissioned and fully lit artists’ installations and twilight makeovers of Mossley and Stalybridge stations.

Laura Johnson, the school’s creative development lead, said: “The children, parents and staff have been really excited to get involved and work together in this event. We are all looking forward to Mossley Light Festival, it’s been a great community effort. It should be a fantastic evening.”

More information about the festival at


Having fun: Some of the children creating their own lights ahead of the procession through the town next week