MORE than 1,000 residents turned out to shine a light on Lancing last week for the Adur Sea of Lights parade.
A colourful array of characters to complement the theme of smugglers and sea monsters were paraded through the village from Monks Recreations Ground on Saturday afternoon.
From mermaids to seagulls and pirates to seashells, the creative lanterns, which included contributions from local schools, were the beaming stars of the show.
Mother Vix Fullalove O’Connor, whose family took part, said it was a fantastic event.
She said: “My son was inside the fisherman and my husband was piggy-backing the mermaid.
“Fantastic event and thoroughly enjoyed by adults and children alike.”
Vix’s pictures can be found in The Herald’s spread.
Schools that took part included Seaside Primary, Globe Primary, North Lancing Primary and Sompting Village Primary.
Lancing resident Gary Levett said: “The Sea Of Lights was fantastic again this year and gave so much joy to so many Lancing people.
“I haven’t seen so many laughing and smiling faces in Lancing for a very long time.
“A great effort from all the volunteers involved and has warmed everybody up for a Happy Christmas.”
Gary’s pictures can also be found in the Herald spread.
A spokesperson for the Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club said: “Father Christmas and sleigh, paper lanterns, pirate ships and dancing to the Samba Band – so many families out having fun.
“Thanks to all our marshals, helpers and drivers and the weather for staying clear and dry.”
More pictures of the event can be found at the official Sea of Lights Facebook page by visiting www.facebook.com/theseaoflights