Families light up local area with lantern walk

Published Wednesday, 30th March 2016
Lantern walk
Children on a lantern walk

Families who attend Maltby Crags Community School, recently lit up their local area with a lantern walk bringing communities of all ages together.

The night time community adventure started with a workshop where parents and pupils created an array of safe, colourful, lanterns made of recycled plastic drinks bottles lit by glow sticks and included a question and answer section about walking in the dark and road safety.

Older members of the community supported the event by staying in the warmth and treating the visitors to hot dogs and pie and peas served by the Model Village Community Association.

Countywide Road Safety Officer from the Safer Roads Partnership, Laura Connell, said: "Our priority is to reduce the number of people injured in road traffic collisions and make South Yorkshire roads safer. Events like this help us to encourage collective responsibility to make roads safer for everyone; whether it is behind the wheel, walking down the street, or riding a motorbike."

Those attending also received free high visibility items donated by the Council and the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.

Wearing high vis-jackets, the fifty strong group walked the few miles to the community centre ably assisted by a local Police Community Support Officer and willing volunteers keeping them safe en route.