Festival of Light
Dartford was brought to a
standstill on Friday as about 500 people took part in the fourth
Festival of Light.
Organised by the Kent Equality
Cohesion Council, Cohesion Plus and Dartford council, the parade
involved nine schools from the town along with their parents and
members of the public.
The children, numbering about
400, made lanterns and torches which they carried in the
The aim of the festival was to
bring the communities of Dartford together through the arts, and
was inspired by the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the
Union Flags were given out
during the parade and many waved them with pride as the children
walked by with their lanterns.
The schools involved were
Fleetdown juniors, Sedleys, Saint Anselms, Joydens Wood Junior,
Temple Hill, Brent Primary, Sutton at Hone Primary, West Hill
Primary and Oakfield Primary.
The parade also featured the
Bloco Fogo Samba Group and the Four by Four Bhangra Dhol Drummers
which started proceedings on the green outside Central
It then went onto the High
Street, before finishing at Bell Corner where the participants were
met by the Mayor of Dartford Ann Allen and event organiser
Gurvinder Sandher, the CEO of Kent Equality Cohesion
For more on this and
pictures from the event, see Thursday's