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MACHYNLLETH TRAIN STATION IS A LEADING LIGHT FOR LANTERN PROCESSION!

27 Oct 2011 | Category: News

As the nights draw in, Machynlleth train station will be lit with lanterns to brighten up our journey into winter and to herald the town’s forthcoming lantern procession and fireworks.

As part of a new partner project with Articulture who manage the Gwyl y Golau Machynlleth Lantern Festival, the Cambrian Railways Partnership and Arriva Trains have welcomed the opportunity to celebrate the coming of winter and the forthcoming festival by lighting up the train platform with hand-made lanterns.

From Monday 10 October, the lantern sculptures made from willow and strengthened tissue and lit with LED lights will be displayed along the platform at Machynlleth train station.

Also, people who make lanterns in the festival workshops on 26 and 27 October will then be able to have free train travel to and from Machynlleth on the day of the Lantern Procession and Fireworks (Saturday 29 October) from any stations on Arriva Trains Wales lines to Machynlleth from Pwllheli and Aberystwyth – provided they have their lantern with them!

Articulture Chair Sarah Morton said

“Lots of people travel to Machynlleth to see the fantastic lanterns and fireworks and to take part in the procession. This is a great way of encouraging them to catch the train with their lanterns instead of coming by car. Machynlleth train station will be the first place in town to display some of the lanterns, and so will be the festival’s leading light!”

Rhydian Mason, Development Officer for the Cambrian Railways Partnership said:

“The Lantern Procession and fireworks organised by Articulture are the highlight of the community calendar in the winter months and it’s a pleasure for us to get actively involved. We hope that passengers on the evening will alight the train and light their lanterns to make it another succesful event for Machynlleth!”