Tiverton Lantern Procession cancelled; hopes Christmas lights switch on can still go ahead
A LANTERN procession set to involve up to 300 school children as part of the run-up to the switch-on of Tiverton's Christmas lights has been cancelled due to forecasted poor weather.
Children carying willow sculpture lanterns and a live samba band were set to walk through the streets of the town at 5pm tomorrow (Saturday, November 24) but following adverse weather forecasts the decision was taken to cancel the event this afternoon. With an amber alert warning for the area isseued by the Met Office indicating heavy rain and strong winds, and at least one school saying it was unwilling to bring its pupils along, organisers reluctantly chose to cancel the event.
Children at local schools have been working for weeks to make the lightweight sculptures to carry during the procession which first took place last year.
Organisers of the Christmas lights switch-on event which is scheduled for 7pm with headline act Adam Isaac from BBC talent show The Voice are still hopeful of the event going ahead.
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The weather will continue to be monitored over the next 24 hours and if conditions worsen the decision is likely to be reviewrd. Five hours of live music and other entertainment is due to go ahead from 2pm.
Earlier this week, Exeter and Plymouth had to cancel their light-switcing on ceremonies due to heavy rain and high winds.