Illuminate, Gainsborough

A series of free lantern making workshops have taken place across Gainsborough, with children and local residents creating wonderful willow art flame lanterns, inspired by Bradford's quote: 'one small candle may light a thousand'.

The lanterns and their makers will form a parade that will take place in the town at 17:00 on Wednesday 22nd November. The parade will start in Silver Street, leading to the Market Square and then on to the grounds of Gainsborough Old Hall.

There will be an Illuminate Service at 6pm in the United Reformed Church to commemorate Gainsborough’s significant role in the story of the Separatists who became known as Pilgrims, and their trials and tribulations nearly four centuries ago.

The lantern parade, an Arts Council England funded project, will be an important part of this year's Illuminate in Gainsborough, a special commemorative event that recognises our region's important connections to the story of the Pilgrims, some of whom came from here before they sailed to America nearly 400 years ago. 

Gainsborough Illuminate forms part of the Pilgrim Roots Illuminate series - other Illuminate events will take place in the nearby towns of Bawtry & Austerfield, Retford and Boston.

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