Salute the shortest day


Residents have the chance to mark this year’s winter solstice with family-friendly lantern making and colourful procession on Saturday 21st December.

the event is being put together by Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development team.

The lantern-making workshops cost £1.60 per person at Erewash Museum (1.15-5.15pm) and at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park (3–5pm).

Those taking part can then join the lantern procession led by Black Pig Border Morris as the borough salutes the shortest day of the year.

The procession offers a wonderful way for Erewash residents to celebrate the turning point of the year – once the shortest day passes, the days lengthen and the sun grows stronger.

Residents can join in the procession from Erewash Museum at 5.15pm or wait next to the bowling pavilion in Victoria Park and take part in the parade around the park before hearing a reading from local writer Chrissie Hall.

The December solstice takes place at the same instant for everyone, everywhere on Earth, with the date marking the 24-hour period with the fewest daylight hours of the year – making it known as the shortest day of the year.

If the weather is too bad to hold the procession outdoors, the event will switch to the main hall at Dallimore Primary School, on Dallimore Road, from 5.30pm–6.30pm.

Residents can check @Erewash_Museum on Twitter or the museum’s Facebook page on the day to see if the event is to be relocated.

Erewash Museum can also be contacted on 0115 907 1141.


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