A Guy Fawkes lantern parade is coming to Barking and Dagenham this year.  

A giant effigy of the man himself will lead the brightly-lit procession from Eastbury Manor House to Barking Abbey Ruins on November 6 to celebrate Bonfire Night 2022. 

It is free to join, with participants encouraged to bring their own creative lanterns and get kitted out with bright clothing, glowing accessories and face paint.  

To facilitate this, there are a number of free creative workshops taking place, where people can design their own lanterns and help decorate the giant Guy Fawkes. 

After the parade, there will be live music, a fire performance by Cirque Bijou and a laser lightshow by BAFTA-winning artist Seb Lee-Delisle. 

Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “The gunpowder plot is one of the most important events in our country’s history and our colourful lantern parade event is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together to mark the annual spectacle at one of our most popular events. 

“As local folklores go, four centuries ago Guy Fawkes stayed at Eastbury Manor House in the build-up to the infamous plot, which is why the parade beginning there is so poignant.” 

The lantern parade is being hosted by Barking and Dagenham Council and Creative Barking and Dagenham.

Last year, the partners hosted a winter lantern parade in early November as part of the Becontree Forever scheme to celebrate the estate's 100th anniversary.

That event saw a parade from Henry Green Primary School to Valence Park, where there was a fireworks display. 

Bonfire Night is celebrated across the country to mark a failed plot by a group - including the infamous Guy Fawkes - to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I on November 5, 1605.  

Entertainment for this year's event will begin at Abbey Green from 4pm, with the parade starting at 4.30pm. 

The procession is expected to last for 45 minutes and a rolling road closure will be in place. 

For more information or to book a place in the procession, visit www.lbbd.gov.uk/lanternparade