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Get ready to celebrate 40 years of Parade of Floats as Stamford Festival kicks off

The changing nature of life in Stamford since the 1970s will be reflected in this year’s Stamford Festival parade of floats on Saturday, June 22.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the parade, the theme will be Festival Parade Through The Decades with floats, walking groups and decorated vehicles all led by the Stamford Town Brass Band and judged by experts outside Browne’s Hospital.

The event will start at the Recreation Ground playing field at 1pm where there will be a funfair, stalls and a display arena with activities from midday to 5pm.

Friends of Stamford and Rutland Theatre at a previous Parade of Floats.
Friends of Stamford and Rutland Theatre at a previous Parade of Floats.

This year’s parade theme gives local community groups, schools, clubs and businesses the opportunity to display their skills. There will also be a fly past by aircraft from theBattle of Britain memorial flight.

Stamford Festival continues on Sunday with Rock on the Rec from midday to 7pm. There will be live music and family fun. The annual car boot sale will still go ahead from 8am. Just turn up and pay on the day.

Other Festival events include: an open-air performance of The Roses of Eyam at Browne’s Hospital on Sunday, June 23; an over 50s entertainment evening on Wednesday, June 26; a golf tournament at Burghley Park on Friday, June 28; Festival Quiz Night on Sunday, June 30 and Stamford Festival Trophy bridge on Thursday, July 4.

Visit www.stamfordfestival.co.uk for the full programme.

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