Mossley lantern parade to throw light on tale of two legends

A HUGE carnival-inspired lantern parade will bring an ancient Tame Valley legend to life.

Building on the success of last year’s nocturnal cavalcade, Mossley Light Festival returns on Saturday, November 25.

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

The age-old love triangle will be 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 will wend their way from Bottom Mossley to the town’s market ground.

Two great hills at the entrance to Tame Valley – Alphin Pike and Alderman’s Hill in Greenfield – 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 a breath-taking one-day spectacle, but behind the scenes, local communities eill 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.”

Activities, community stages, Santa’s grotto and traders’ stalls will take over Mossley market ground from 4-7pm.

The parade starts from outside Emmaus on Queen Street at around 5.30pm.

The town’s Christmas lights switch-on will take place as the parade culminates at the market ground at around 6.30pm.

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.

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