AMESBURY will be holding its second lantern parade on Friday, December 21st
Following the success of last year’s event, the parade has been organised to bring the community together before Christmas.
More than 500 people are to hold a procession from Stonehenge to Amesbury
The 2nd Lantern Parade from Stonehenge to Amesbury will take place on Friday 21st December 2012 (not the 20th as we suggested earlier). This year’s route will be different to the one taken last year too. From the heel stone it will follow the original Avenue route to Kings Barrow Ridge, turning left on to the byways to join Countess Road (North) at the junction with Byway 9a & 37 and then following the footpath in to Amesbury to the Methodist Church.
Tickets cost £5 including bus travel from Amesbury to Stonehenge and a lantern, which can be decorated, with a prize for the best one.
If people already have a lantern they can take it along and buy a bus ticket for £2
There will be no parking at Stonehenge for the event and refreshments will be available after the procession, which starts at 4pm.
More information and tickets are available from the Bowman Centre or the Amesbury Community and Visitor Centre, call Alice Membery on 01980 622999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about the Lantern Parade
The parade, along the original processional route of the avenue, is believed to have been started centuries ago when the ancient monument was first built.
“We’ve just discovered that life began in Amesbury as early as 8,250 years ago with a settlement by the River Avon,” said Mr Rhind-Tutt.
“And the processional route would have been the route that led people from Amesbury to Stonehenge.”
During the winter solstice the sun is closer to the horizon than at any other time in the year, meaning shorter days and longer nights.
And the recreation of the procession has been timed to leave Stonehenge as the sun sets on the eve of the longest night of the year.
“It’s about a mile-and-a-half but it isn’t like walking down a road,” said Mr Rhind-Tutt.
“In daylight you can do it an hour – in the dark it may take up to two hours but it’s proving extremely popular and we’ve even got a stilt walker signed up.”
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Merlin says “It was a fantastic experience last year and I look forward to the procession this Solstice”
Merlin @ Stonehenge