By BRIDGET COOK
MORE than 1200 people and hundreds of lanterns lit up the night in Lynbrook on Saturday.
The Lynbrook Residents Association (LRA) hosted its free lake lantern festival on Saturday and had a larger crowd that expected.
There was plenty on offer for the whole family including lantern painting, jumping castles, kids sport demonstrations, CFA display, girl guide stall and musician Josh Tooth performing for the night.
There was a lantern release on the lake at dusk, followed by the kids lantern walk.
LRA secretary Chris Morgan said they were thrilled with how the event went.
“All of us at the LRA are absolutely thrilled with the way the event turned out, which was a huge success by any criteria,” he said.
“We ran the same event a couple of years ago and got good crowds then, despite the appalling weather.
“But Mother Nature truly smiled down on us this time and what we ended up with was an absolutely amazing community atmosphere in which everyone had a fantastic time.
“The truly magical sight of the lanterns being let loose onto the lake was a sight to behold, but what personally filled me with joy was seeing the smiles on all the kids’ faces as they painted their hanging lanterns, had their faces painted or just enjoyed the huge jumping castles.
“It was a lovely sight to see so many kids just having such a good time.”
The LRA has a number of other events planned in the coming months including Halloween In The Park, many Lynbrook Moonlight Cinema showings and the Holi Festival of Colour.
To keep up to date with what’s going on visit www.lynbrook.org.au.