Hundreds brave the cold for Mossley lantern parade
Saturday 25th November 2017 @ 18:57 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Community Mossley & Saddleworth News Oldham Tameside

GIANT SPECTACLE: One of the giants makes its way through Mossley this evening as huge numbers take part in this year’s Mossley lantern parade.

Hundreds have been braving the cold this evening to bring the huge carnival inspired Mossley lantern parade to life.

Building on the success of last year’s nocturnal cavalcade, Mossley Light Festival has returned to warm the hearts of all those taking part and watching.

This year’s theme is ‘A Tale of Two Giants’ and tells the story of the colossal Alphin and Alder and how they fought for the love of a beautiful water nymph called Rimmon.

The age-old love triangle has been played out by large-scale and illuminated puppets that have been created especially for the event.

Towering over the scores of musicians, dancers and bearers of handcrafted-lanterns that make up the moving spectacle, the love struck trio have wended their way from Bottom Mossley to the town’s market ground.

Two great hills at the entrance to Greater Manchester’s Tame Valley – Alphin Pike and Alderman’s Hill – are said to have been the homes of the duelling giants, whilst Rimmon resided in the bubbling waters of nearby Chew Brook.

Parade producer, Leon Patel of Mossley-based carnival organisation Global Grooves said: “Mossley Light Festival brings much appreciated light and warmth to the dark winter months.

“Parade watchers will revel in the breathtaking one day spectacle, but behind the scenes, local communities have been working, talking, playing, learning and creating together for months.

“The Light Festival represents Mossley‘s multicultural heritage in the most beautiful way we know how.”

Family friendly activities, community stages, Santa’s grotto and traders’ stalls have taken over Mossley market ground this evening, all culminating in the town’s official Christmas lights switch on.

Mossley Light Festival has been produced and funded by Global Grooves in collaboration with Bangdrum CIC, The Vale, Mossley Town Council, Arts Council England, Awards For All and the community.