ROMSEY students have got creative ahead of this year’s lantern parade.

Students at the Mountbatten School have once again been busy learning how to create lanterns for the lantern parade which will take place on December 7.

The initiative was part of their Arts Award scheme.

The school said students have developed their leadership skills when helping art staff to deliver lantern making workshops at other local schools.

Shapes that have been created for this year’s theme Fantasy Garden include leaves, birds, bees, butterflies and flowers.

Students said they have found working with primary age pupils particularly rewarding and are now looking forward to parading their lanterns in Romsey town centre.

Jill Searl, from the art department at The Mountbatten School, said she is very proud of staff and students’ involvement and their commitment to ensuring that their own and others creative experience of lantern making was successful and rewarding.

She added: “This town event is a real opportunity for young people to experience community arts and to enjoy participation in a celebratory event as well as learning new skills.”

The lantern parade will start at 5.30pm and will take place. The streets will close from 4pm to 8pm.