Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

Festival of Light coming to Stockport after Brinnington Residents' Group win lottery grant

Festival of Light coming to Stockport after Brinnington Residents' Group win lottery grant

By James Chetwood

Stockport’s streets are set to glow after Brinnington Residents' Group won a £22,000 grant to host a Festival of Light in the borough.

The festival will be a spectacular lantern display, carnival of music, dance and art and parade through the borough, culminating in a firework display at Reddish Vale Country Park.

The group applied to ‘The People’s Millions’, run by the Big Lottery Fund, in partnership with ITV, with plans to stage an elaborate community festival.

Thousands of people voted for the Stockport Festival of Light as their favourite project meaning a landslide victory for the group.

Mary Dutton, from Brinnington Residents Group, said: “When I found out I had won I was really surprised, shocked and delighted, all at the same time. It was a wonderful feeling.

“In Brinnington we have had a lantern parade for 13 years which I have always been involved with.

“I decided on Stockport’s Festival of Light as I felt it would be great to spread our lantern parades to other parts of Stockport.”

But Mary revealed that she was under strict instruction not to tell anyone that her application had been shortlisted.

“I was told at the stage that I couldn't tell anyone as there was a press embargo on the information and if news got out I could be disqualified,” she said.

“Anyone that knows me would understand that I was bursting inside just dying to tell the world and his brother.”

While no dates have been set as yet, residents have already been coming forward to offer assistance to the project.

“Volunteers are coming up to me giving me their details as a lot of people want to get involved this year from all over Stockport which is wonderful,” said Mary

“The response of Brinnington Community was and is wonderful. I honestly believe without that I wouldn't have won.”

The Brinnington Residents Group is urging as many people to get involved as possible and to attend the event.

“If you have never attended a lantern parade, make sure you do. The atmosphere is wonderful!” said Mary.

The event will feature free workshops where everyone of any ability can join in and make a lantern.

“It’s great,” said Mary, “One little boy said to me: ‘Thank you! That was better than my birthday.’

Councillor Mark Weldon, Executive Member for Communities at Stockport Council, said: “I am delighted that the hard work of our dedicated residents has paid off. I’d like to thank everyone who voted on the night, and I’ll look forward to Stockport’s very first Festival of Light!”