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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas fun in Penrith

The final festive finishing touches are being made to Penrith’s new Winter Festival.

Set up in place of the traditional Christmas Lights switch-on event, the festival will run from November 24 until December 31.

Philip Cranston, president of Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “The Winter Festival is something new, something vibrant and something we hope everyone will enjoy.

“We welcome everyone and invite them to join in and help us add some festive sparkle to Penrith this Christmas.

“We are grateful to our partners at Eden Arts, Eden District Council, the Pride in Penrith Lottery and all our sponsors for the opportunity to promote the town in such a magnificent way.”

The events kick off with the Winter Droving spectacle, which includes a masked procession winding its way through the streets of Penrith.

Participants will don animal masks to recreate the “droving” of animals through the town, and there will be flaming fire torches and music to help boost the atmosphere.

The procession begins at 6pm and winds its way through the centre of town, including Middlegate and King Street. The finale takes place in Great Dockray, with live music until 9pm.

To be part of the procession, meet at Fell View Car Park, on Brentfield Way, at 5pm. However, anyone wanting to carry a torch – over 16s only – should register by visiting www.edenarts/winter-droving.co.uk

Adrian Lochhead, director of Eden Arts, said: “The Winter Droving is a different type of event, which has not been seen in the county before. It should surprise, delight and leave people with a lasting memory of what a fantastic place Penrith can be.”

Throughout the rest of the festival, activities include a Christmas market, a Winter Fairytale window dressing competition, children’s Christmas trail, and an elves’ workshop.

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