Monday, 31 October 2016

Creative Dallas Road children light up canal for festival

Sixty schoolchildren and other young people have created a floating sculpture and lantern installation that will be on display at the Aldcliffe Triangle and canal towpath (near the Waterwitch Pub) for this year’s Light Up Lancaster festival this Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November.

If Boats Could Talk has been inspired by the city’s historic Aldcliffe area and Lancaster Canal, where, from 5-9pm on the Friday and 5-7.30pm on the Saturday you will be able to enjoy slideshows, window installations, lighting displays and music.

It will be part of Light Up Lancaster - an exciting City-wide free festival of light, fire, art and music over the Friday and Saturday, that culminates in the famous Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday evening. You can (and you definitely should) find out all about all that at

The Aldcliffe installation has been created by local artists Anna Read and Shane Johnstone together with Dallas Road Primary School pupils (pictured), the Hua Xian Chinese Society and Lancaster Boys & Girls Club. Both the School and the Club are based in Lancaster's Dallas Road, close to the Aldcliffe Triangle.

Over a month, the Dallas Road students have received guest lessons exploring the heritage of the canal, heard personal stories of those living in Lancaster and shared their own hopes and dreams for the future.

The Aldcliffe Triangle is next to the Canal Towpath at the end of Portland Street, about 200 yards 'downstream' of the Waterwitch Pub. You can find out more about it at

The project has been organised by The Dukes supported by the Canal & River Trust, Friends of the Triangle, Global Link – Development Education Centre and Lancaster Boys & Girls Club.

To find out more  about If Boats Could Talk and all the brilliant Light Up Lancaster events and spectaculars lined up, visit

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