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Crowds in Halesworth celebrate change of seasons

PUBLISHED: 11:45 13 February 2017

The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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People in Halesworth braved the cold on Sunday to enjoy a celebration of the changing seasons.

The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Winterlight was a chance to enjoy the darkness of winter and to look forward to the coming of light in spring.

The collaboration between the town’s library, Halesworth Millennium Green and the Oxblood Mollies saw dozens of people take part in a lantern lit procession through the town and onto the Green.

Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The fun began early afternoon with the children’s club at the library making lanterns to display, before the Oxblood Mollies performed.

At teatime the Mollies led a procession from the library through the town to Folly Meadow at Millennium Green.

The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A star lantern was hoisted up surrounded by lights at Willow Wherry, a town landmark, and bonfires followed.

The lantern was the shape of a star to represent the last active wherry on the Blyth navigation system, which was named the Star of Halesworth. The crowds were also treated to an appearance by the ghost of its last skipper Fred Lambert.

Meraylah Allwood at Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher Meraylah Allwood at Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The colourful puppet was the brainchild of organiser Nicky Rowbottom who placed it at the front of her tandem with its legs strapped to the pedals. She was dressed entirely in black so couldn’t be seen.

She said: “Everything went absolutely as planned. We were a little bit shocked by the snow Sunday morning, but that didn’t stop people coming out on a chilly day. The lantern making at the library was really successful and the Molly dancers were very entertaining.

Meraylah Allwood at Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher Meraylah Allwood at Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

“It is quite a difficult time of year to arrange an event, but I think we are mad enough to do it again next year. We were extremely pleased with the turn out.”

The event was the second year that the celebration of seasons took place and was a chance to showcase Millennium Green, which has a number of historic tales to tell about Halesworth, including the Blyth navigation. It was established in 1761 and flourished for around 100 years.

The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Oxblood Mollies lead Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Winterlight.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher Winterlight. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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