Harvest Moon festival ‘was the best yet’

Drumming workshop at Harvest Moon 2011. Photo by John Booth.
Drumming workshop at Harvest Moon 2011. Photo by John Booth.
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THE ORGANISERS of the weekend’s Harvest Moon festival have said it was the biggest and best yet.

Between 400 and 500 people poured on to Pioneer Meadows in Kirk Hallam for the sixth annual event, which culminated in a magnificent lantern parade around the lake.

NILABE110924e1, Kirk hallam harvest moon festival. Latisha Slack, Lucy White and Macey McKenzie with there lanterns.

NILABE110924e1, Kirk hallam harvest moon festival. Latisha Slack, Lucy White and Macey McKenzie with there lanterns.

One of the team of organisers Pam Dawson said: “It went really, really well – lots of people have told me how much they enjoyed themselves.”

Children from Dallimore and Ladywood primary schools in Kirk Hallam have spent weeks working with artists from Ilkeston-based Avago Crafts to create the lanterns, which lit up the night sky on Saturday evening.

“Everyone said how wonderful and magical it was to watch the lanterns go round the lake,” added Pam.

In the run-up to the parade, children and grown-ups alike had fun at stalls including face-painting, table painting, circus skills and petting animals from Cotmanhay’s Quackers community farm.

NILABE110924e2, Kirk hallam harvest moon festival. Kate Russell 7 and Tina russell seen making natural floating boats.

NILABE110924e2, Kirk hallam harvest moon festival. Kate Russell 7 and Tina russell seen making natural floating boats.

The completely free event is organised by a team of residents, helped out by Erewash Borough Council, Groundwork Derbyshire, the Kirk Hallam Community Alliance and SureStart.

Harvest Moon 2011, photo by John Booth

Harvest Moon 2011, photo by John Booth