September 2020 – Mill Road Lanterns

The Mill Road Lanterns community project will celebrate the identity and culture of Mill Road, highlighting the diversity, history and independence of its community. 

Throughout the summer, local residents and schoolchildren from some of the side streets off Mill Road have been putting together words and images to reflect what is special about their community. These are being transformed by local artist and illustrator, Penny Sobr, into ten stunning community lanterns which will be hung in shops on either side of the Mill Road Bridge. The lanterns will be illuminated in the first two weeks of December, spanning the weekend when this year’s Fair was to take place. We hope to add further lanterns to represent Mill Road streets, schools and organisations in the years to come and that the lanterns will form the core of the community parade in future Fairs

An illustrated Mill Road Trail which will depict the distinctive character of Mill Road, featuring the lantern venues as well as other places of interest along the road.   The Mill Road Trail will be launched at the end of November; we hope it will encourage people to come to Mill Road to explore its shops, eat in its cafés and generally soak up the special Mill Road vibe.  Also – from 1st to 14th December, the Mill Road Winter Fair website will host Mill Road Fair Online, promoting many of the local performers, artists, organisations and charities who would have been there on the day of the fair.

The Mill Road Trail, the Mill Road Lanterns project and the Mill Road Fair Online are organised by the Mill Road Winter Fair Committee. We can’t replace the 2020 Fair but, with the help of Love Mill Road, we can cast a spotlight on some of Mill Road’s stories, buildings, history and culture. We hope that we can add more lanterns in the years to come and that they will form the core of the Community Parade in future Mill Road Winter Fairs.