Posted by: brigid benson | November 2, 2014

Postcard from: historic Grade 1 listed Sefton Park

November 1 and magic swirled around Liverpool’s magnificent Sefton Park, an elegant retreat of 235 acres in the heart of the maritime city.

The park boasts a boating lake, a fairy glen, a bandstand – said to have inspired the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper Lonely Heart Club Band – an immense Victorian palm house, statues a plenty, including Eros and Peter Pan, and an awesome annual Lantern Festival, attended this year by at least 20,000 enthralled people.

Small people with huge lanterns made for the thrilling parade

Small people with huge lanterns made for the thrilling parade

Inspired by  Liverpool’s Lantern Company, in the previous weeks hundreds of people from the local community had attended workshops to create  ghoulish creations to light up this  black night, culminating in around 700 lanterns performing in the great battle between the Orchestrator of Doom and the  forces of light.

Not yet awake, the corpse couple

Not yet awake, the corpse couple

The atmosphere was thrilling; a steady stream of illuminated dancers swaying and rotating their way through the darkness accompanied by the thumping rhythm of drums and brass.

Dancers aglow, inspiring crowds to dance with them

Dancers aglow, inspiring crowds to dance with them

 

The beat was irresistible

The beat was irresistible

Dead or alive, flesh and bones were soon moving everywhere!

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In the dim light, one of the wonderful performers dwarfed by the giant skeleton

Giant birds swooped into the crowd, including a huge owl, the bird of magic and darkness, assistant to priestesses and protector of the spirit world.

Huge lanterns carried on the performers' shoulders

Huge lanterns carried on the performers’ shoulders

 

Some lanterns so huge they had to carefully led by a team of performers

Some lanterns so huge they had to carefully led by a team of performers

 

Rising up the process through the park, the ghoulishly grooving corpse couple!

Rising up to parade through the park, the ghoulishly grooving corpse couple!

 

Buzzing glowing insects swarmed

Buzzing glowing insects swarmed

 

Breathtaking!

Breathtaking!


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