Stamford Festival team hoping for fun in the sun

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As the weather begins to warm up the organisers of this year’s Stamford Festival are busy putting exciting plans in place.

The event will take place over the final week of June and promises to be one of the biggest ever celebrations in the town.

One of the highlights will be the 32nd annual parade of floats through the town on June 29, organised by Stamford and District Kiwanis.

This year’s theme is cartoon characters and organisers have already had plenty of interest from schools, charities and community groups.

Kiwani Andy Totten said: “We are sure that Mickey Mouse and others will be in evidence on the floats but as always details are a well guarded secret until the day.

“Competition for the various prizes is intense and this year new trophies will be presented.

“Many previous winners will be taking part and we are very encouraged that already there are 19 floats registered.”

The parade will set off as usual from the Recreation Ground, winding its way through the town before heading back to its starting point where judging will take place.

There will also be the funfair rides, dancing and demonstrations.

Among the entries this year is Stamford Queen Eleanor School, which is entering for the first time.

Mr Totten added: “The weather is set to be fine, the streets of Stamford will once again be packed with people, and more than 1,000 people who will be involved will have a marvellous day.

“Make sure you join in.”

Festival chairman Carol Harkness has confirmed several other events for the week.

Festivities will begin on June 21 with the traditional golf tournament at Burghley Park Golf Club.

And the fun on the Recreation Ground does not stop with the parade of floats.

The Stamford and District Lions Club’s family fun day will be held there on June 30, with entertainment throughout the day.

The annual baby show will be held as part of the fun day and there will be rides and games for the children.

And to finish off the fun a general knowledge quiz will be held at the town hall in St Mary’s Hill. The date is yet to be confirmed.

If you would like to enter a float, visit www.stamfordkiwanis.org.uk for an application form or e-mail parade@stamfordkiwanis.org.uk