Why Norsemen and the Millennium Falcon will invade Ipplepen

November 13, 2017 3:11 PM

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It is all part of the village's annual lantern parade

Norsemen, a crocodile, a shark, and the Millennium Falcon are set to invade Ipplepen – but only as part of the annual lantern parade.

A lantern procession - to mark the feast of St Andrew which was first celebrated here in medieval times - has become a big village event now and is growing year on year.

Last year the Teignbridge village was graced by royalty when Queen Elizabeth I reigned supreme, but participants this year are a closely guarded secret.

However, organizer Judy Dewhirst said: “There is a rumour that norsemen have heard about the fun to be had and may well be moving south to join in.

“The lantern parade is a magical way to kick off the festive season, with the lights twinkling through the village, and the Parish Church of St Andrew is full to bursting afterwards when everyone gathers for the prize giving, mulled wine and mince pies.

“This year each class at Ipplepen Primary School has made their own class lantern, so we will definitely have a ladybird, a hedgehog, a crocodile, a butterfly, a dragonfly, an owl and a fish. We are holding lantern making sessions at our Community Hub as well and so will also have a shark, several fish and the Millennium Falcon among others.”

Those taken part will gather at the Village Hall at 6pm on Saturday, November 25, before the bells ring out at 6.30pm to signal their departure for a short walk around the village.

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Source: devonlive.com

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