Sciennes kids hold guiding light

posted 11 Dec 2008, 04:49 by   [ updated 11 Dec 2008, 05:24 by South Edinburgh Net Admin ]
Sciennes Primary School pupils helped create a spectacular ceremony of light and sound ahead of the official switch-on of the Grassmarket Christmas lights.

Around ten primary four youngsters took part in a parade, having prepared lanterns in class beforehand, and gave a rendition of Christmas carols to the assembled 200-strong crowd.

Adam Gregory, 8, spoke of the production process and paid tribute to the Edinburgh Samba School, a group of drummers who provided a Brazilian-style rhythm alongside the procession.

He said, “The lanterns took about two hours to make, using bamboo, covering the frame with tissue and putting the candle inside.

“The drummers were really good, and my friends were quite excited by them.”

Adam’s father Chris reiterated the children’s excitement at performing on the day.

He said, “This is the big moment for the lanterns – Adam’s quite entranced by them. All the kids seem really excited and were determined to come out despite the dreadful cold.”

Click here for a list of locations from which you can pick up a printed version of the South Edinburgh Echo, featuring this story, in January.