No lantern parade at Christmas switch-on

A MASSIVE lantern parade will not be a feature at this year’s Christmas lights switch-on in Mossley.

It comes after Mossley-based Global Grooves failed to secure funding from the Arts Council.

Last year’s lantern parade

Leon Patel, Global Grooves CEO, has, however, vowed still to put on a show for the events at Micklehurst and Mossley on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 respectively.

He told a meeting of Mossley Town Council, which was discussing arrangements for the switch-on, that he still had some finances for the Mossley events.

Leon said: “We have a little funding to work with community groups in Micklehurst but it will be nothing like the scale of the Mossley event.

“We may also be able to offer some content for Mossley. It would still be spectacular but nothing like the massive parades we have previously had in Mossley.”

Mossley had a spectacular lantern parade put on by Global Grooves in 2017.

But a repeat last year was impossible after Global Grooves lost almost all of its creations which had been stored in Ray Mill, Stalybridge, which was gutted by fire.

The Top Mossley switch-on had grown to become a large-scale event with a carnival and lantern parade organised by Global Grooves with the town council organising the switch-on.

Mossley Town Council has included £10,000 in its 2019-20 budget for this year’s event.

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