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Lantern light . . . Sophia Manifold, aged 8, of Waikari, with the beautiful paper lantern she made, at a workshop held by Ursula Fricker and Alison Erickson at the Waikari Hall last year for the Mid-winter Night Celebration at Waikari. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

By AMANDA BOWES

Waikari will glow from the soft light of lanterns when the Mid-Winter Lantern Night takes place on June 24.

Organised by Alison Erickson and Ursula Fricker from Waikari, the Lantern Walk is held so children can have something to look forward to during the short days of winter.

Last year children sang as they carried their lanterns delighting many people who saw the group lighting their way around the Village Green.

This year the lanterns are being made from Paper mache in two stages. The first stage involves the youngsters covering a blown up balloon in the paper mache and leaving it to dry while the second stage involves popping the balloon once the outer shell has hardened and placing a candle inside the paper mache balloon.

Alison says pale coloured paper, along with reds and yellows, are used to give the lanterns a soft glow in the dark. Lantern bearers will assemble outside the Waikari Health Centre on the Saturday evening and walk around the village green and pond to the old mill where everyone will warm up with hot soup and story telling.