In pictures: Lincoln Lantern Parade

  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

A parade of enchanting lanterns snaked through the cobbled streets of Lincoln on Thursday night, followed by a traditional Christmas Nativity and carol service.

Young people from Westgate Academy, families and even pets turned out, armed with glowing lanterns, for the Lincoln BIG event on December 18.

The procession left Cornhill at 6pm with representatives from the Lincoln District Scouts, who carried the Peace Light which came to Britain over 14 years ago.

The group then made their way through the High Street, The Strait and Steep Hill before gathering on Castle Hill around a nativity set.

The Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organised by the Austrian Broadcasting Company and was part of a relief mission for children in need.

Scouts and Guides have helped the light travel through 30 European countries.