HUNDREDS of people gathered on the Winchester Cathedral grounds to witness a record-breaking lantern parade.

This year’s Christmas event saw just under 200 homemade lanterns glide through Cathedral Close – the highest number in its history.

The procession started from the cathedral, where a carol session was held in the nave.

Shortly after, the lantern-bearers set off in a group of around 400 people, with parents helping their children and others displaying their joint creations.

After walking around The Close, the group congregated with spectators at the memorial statue to find out which lanterns had won a prize.

Dean Catherine Ogle took on the role of judging and decided on five winners, including the butterfly and the Remembrance poppy.

Each was awarded a family ticket for the Christmas Market Ice Rink.