Patina’s lanterns are being snapped up in Lewes

Patina Christmas lights at Harveys shop. 'Raphaella Sapir, Michelle Martin-Dufaur, Adam Bagnall (Harvey's shop manager).
Patina Christmas lights at Harveys shop. 'Raphaella Sapir, Michelle Martin-Dufaur, Adam Bagnall (Harvey's shop manager).

A bright idea to light up Lewes and raise money for Patina’s Moving on Parade is gathering momentum.

So far almost 50 lanterns have been snapped up by shops to form part of their window displays.

Patina said it had been hard at work getting the orders ready for Late Night Shopping yesterday (Thursday).

Adam Bagnall, of Harveys Brewery, said: “We’re thrilled the lanterns are proving so popular and we are really pleased to be involved.

“It’s an excellent way for Lewes businesses to light up their windows for Christmas and show support for this great local charity at the same time.”

Harveys was among the businesses to order lanterns. Others included the Brewers Arms and the Shoe Gallery.

The star, peace bauble and Christmas tree lanterns are made of willow and tissue used by Patina in the Moving On Parade, and are lit by an LED light in each lantern.

They are being hired for the festive season for £20 - £35, depending on the lantern design.

Raphaella Sapir, of Patina, added: “ We have made all the lanterns by hand and would like to say a huge thank you to Lewes New School for offering us the creative space and all the people who helped us make them.”

Patina development co-ordinator, Caroline Croft, said: “This is the first year we have offered Christmas lanterns for hire as a fundraiser and we are delighted with the positive response.”

To hire a lantern email patinalewes@gmail.com