Stamford Festival off to a great start with Kiwanis parade

Morrisons and Malcolm Sargent Primary School float.  Photo: SM250611-027ow.jpg

Morrisons and Malcolm Sargent Primary School float. Photo: SM250611-027ow.jpg

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CROWDS of people turned out in the sunshine on Saturday afternoon to join in the fun at Stamford Festival’s parade of floats.

The annual parade , which is organised by Stamford Kiwanis, attracted hundreds of onlookers who lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the colourful floats.

Unfortunately heavy rain on Friday night had battered some of the floats but thanks to a hasty repair job by some of the volunteers, they were still able to take part.

Jem’s Hip Hop’s float was the worst hit but went on to win a prize.

Parade organiser Andy Totten said: “The whole day was brilliant. Everyone was nervous as it had rained the night before and the ground was wet and it didn’t look too promising.

“But it got really hot and it was super.”

A total of 19 floats decorated with a fairytales theme, left the Recreation Ground at 2pm on Saturday. The procession paused in Red Lion Square with a performance by the bands, and then slowly moved past Browne’s Hospital, getting cheers and applause from the crowds as it passed.

The best overall float prize was won by Stamford Pantomime Players.

The parade then returned to The Rec, where there were displays from Wildcats theatre school, Stamford Tae Kwan Doe and Jem’s Hip Hop, as well as funfair rides, stalls and sideshows.

Saturday’s parade was followed on Sunday by the Lions family fun day on The Rec. Scores of people enjoyed a host of entertainment from the Ink Theatre along with a dog agility show in the two arenas.

The African drummers proved to be a big hit and many visitors enjoyed having a go at the drums. Others also brought their dogs to try out the agility course.

The event also included the annual festival baby show.

Jane McKee, of Stamford Lions said: “We had a good day and it was well supported.”