THESE were some of the spectacular sights on show as the biggest crowd for years turned out to see a dazzling display of lights and Oriental arts in Ilkeston this weekend.
And the amazing designs – made by students from across the borough – helped make the event a roaring success.
A colourful lantern procession around Market Place was the centrepiece of the festivities on Saturday to launch the Year of the Rabbit.
It featured giant rabbit puppets and a Chinese dragon made by pupils at Sandiacre’s Friesland School.
The annual Erewash Borough Council event also featured a traditional Chinese lion dance from students from Ilkeston School with a giant lion puppet made by pupils at Kirk Hallam School.
Ribbon dancing was performed by children from Ilkeston’s Chaucer and Field House infant schools alongside live Chinese percussion music played by students from Stanley Common Primary School.
Nine-year-old Ellie Thorpe from Kensington Junior School was there with her parents.
She said: “I like the dragon the best and the lanterns that were made by the children.”
Cllr Mike Wallis, the council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “It is wonderful that children from local schools have been involved in the making of the puppets.
“It is always a popular event, a great spectacle for all the family, and this year was no different.”