Walk with AmalA Lighthouse of Stars in Dover

Dover will shine with a Lighthouse of Stars, A grant of £1,500 will allow Future Foundry to go ahead with a spectacular lantern procession as the Town’s welcome to the Walk with Amal project. Amal is a 3.5m tall puppet of a refugee child made by those who created War Horse. She is walking 8000km all the way from the Syrian border to Manchester via Greece, Italy Switzerland, Alemania, Belgium and France stopping at over 70 towns on her route. Her journey will highlight the plight of child refugees, raising awareness and understanding in the communities she visits.

Future Foundry are working with schools and the local community to make 500 lanterns and 6 standards inspired by Syrian designs and pilgrim badges. Dover is a traditional place of pilgrimage and the ancient Pharos lighthouse in the Castle is a symbol of safety and sanctuary for those on a journey. The Civic and Special Projects Committee gave the grant to support workshops in Dover, materials and music after hearing a presentation from Future Foundry’s Lisa Oulton who brought along a lantern and a standard for them to see.

Everybody is welcome to take part in the lantern procession at 6.15 -8.30pm on 20º October starting in Pencester Gardens and going through the Town up to the Castle and the Lighting Up at the Pharos. There are also free workshops to make lanterns on 10º y 17º October at Biggin Hall, Dover (behind the Town Hall) from 10am to 4pm. For more details email doverwalkwithamal@gmail.com

Our picture shows Lisa Oulton of Future Foundry after giving her presentation to the Civic and Special Projects Committee of the Council.