Light and music in German tradition

MARK NICHOLLS A colourful German-style lantern walk will take place in Norwich on Saturday. The procession of children and their parents starts at 5pm outside St Peter Mancroft Church near The Forum, with musicians from folk band Mooncoin providing accompaniment.

MARK NICHOLLS

A colourful German-style lantern walk will take place in Norwich on Saturday.

The procession of children and their parents starts at 5pm outside St Peter Mancroft Church near The Forum, with musicians from folk band Mooncoin providing accompaniment.

Organised by the children's group Hansel and Gretel, this is the fourth year the German tradition has been held and more people than ever are expected to take part.

The tradition marks St Martin's Day, which is celebrated all over Germany and German-speaking countries.

St Martin was a bishop who helped poor people and one of his examples of generosity was when he sliced his coat in half with a sword and shared it with a beggar.

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Marion Broughton, who is one of the organisers, said: “We were totally overwhelmed by the number of people who turned up last year.

“It is just amazing how many people from German-spoken countries have settled in the Norfolk area.”

The group Hansel and Gretel has been growing over the year, with young people of various ages joining in with German music and craft activities.

The group meets on the third Saturday afternoon of each month.

From January 2005 it will move venue from Attleborough to the parish church hall in Eaton.

For details call Marion Broughton on 01362 699771.

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