Epsom Primary School Eatster lantern workshop, photos

Students from Epsom Primary School joined a number of community groups making lanterns for the 2015 Easter Saturday Bendigo District RSL Torchlight Lantern Procession on Tuesday morning.

Epsom Primary School art and physical education specialist Gill Davey said the school was rapt to be involved in the program.

"We were the only school that took up the offer to complete a workshop and our children have benefited greatly from this program, we're really stoked to have been a part of it," she said.

"They made a complete lantern from start to finish and wrapped it up in the special tissue paper and when we left they were drying in the sun.

"We're very grateful to the Bendigo Easter Fair Society because everything was supplied."

Chair of the Bendigo Easter Festival Advisory Committee Rod Fyffe said the lanterns would play a significant role in this year's torchlight parade, setting it apart from the main event, the gala parade.

“The 2015 Torchlight Lantern Procession will have three distinct parts to highlight the emergency services, lantern entries and the Chinese component," he said.

“We have also introduced a strict entry criteria that requires all participants to light up their entries and the lanterns that have been produced at the workshops will be a unique feature of this year’s procession."

President of the Bendigo Easter Fair Society Ken Devereaux said the society was pleased to fund the workshops, which were facilitated by the founders of the annual Lismore Lantern Festival, LightnUp Inc.

“We are really fortunate to be working with them," he said.

"We look forward to seeing the end result of all of the community group's efforts."

Other community groups whose lanterns will feature in the torchlight parade include St Luke’s Anglicare, the Sedgwick Fire Brigade, Bendigo District Girl Guides and Sportzrulz Victoria.

The procession will take place at 8pm on April 4.

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