SHOW STOPPER: Brett Haydon, from the Lantern Parade shed, has been working on the main lantern for the event in June. They still need volunteers to help carry the 15m creation. STORY PAGE 7
SHOW STOPPER: Brett Haydon, from the Lantern Parade shed, has been working on the main lantern for the event in June. They still need volunteers to help carry the 15m creation. STORY PAGE 7 Cathy Adams

Are you tough enough to lug the biggest ever lantern?

A MYSTERY lantern, the largest ever to be carried through the streets of Lismore, needs just one thing to make its successful maiden voyage - a team of willing lantern bearers.

Around 40 people are needed to carry the 15m lantern, which won't be unveiled to the public until the parade itself on June 22, artistic director of the Lismore Lantern Parade, Jyllie Jackson said.

With the number of people needed to carry the one lantern Ms Jackson has had the idea of having a local sporting team take up the gig, if they are willing.

"With a lot of people, a lot of hands make light work," she said.

She said not only would it be perfect for some young, fit men to carry the lantern, but also it would provide an opportunity to represent a group of the community that's not usually represented among the "arty" types at the festival.

The huge lantern will take centre stage in the Fiery Finale at Oakes Oval and will be ceremoniously burned before the spectacular fireworks display.

"It's the biggest lantern we've ever made - but it's not light and we need as many willing hands as we can find to carry it through the streets of Lismore," Ms Jackson said.

"It's such an amazing feeling to walk in the parade and listen to the cheers of people watching. Plus, if you join in and carry the big lantern your whole family can get in and watch the Fiery Finale for free." If you can volunteer to help carry the lantern, phone Jyllie on 6622 6333.

Marc Stapelberg

Lismore Lantern Parade

  • June 22, 5.30pm parade start.
  • Begins at the corner of Market and Molesworth Sts. Finishes with the Fiery Finale at Oakes Oval.
  • Tickets: $10 for a seat in the grandstand, $7 in the bleachers, $2 to bring a blanket and sit on the grassy hill overlooking the finale or on the oval itself. Children under 12 years 'sitting on knees' or on the grass are free.


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