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Party time as parade takes over Stamford's streets

By Mercury reporter

The streets of Stamford were filled with the sound of fun as thousands took part in one of the town’s most popular community events – the annual Stamford Festival.

The weather gods were well and truly on board this year as glorious conditions graced the event, which features a parade of floats and a host of family activities on the town’s Recreation Ground,

The theme of this year’s parade was ‘serving our community’, and the streets were full of decorated floats, music, groups of walkers, dancers, clubs and schools as they snaked their way from the rec, through the town and back to the rec.

Among the winners were the Stamford Litter Pickers for best walking float; NCL Dance for best school float; the Lincolnshire Fire Brigade for best commercial float; Girl Guiding Welland division for best club float; Tumbletots for best youth float; the Friends of Rutland and Stamford Theatre for most entertaining float; and CS Ellis for best turned-out vehicle, with Christ Church taking the special merit award and the Danish Invader taking the best overall float accolade.

Parade organiser Steve Marsh said: “It was a really good day. It was an event for the community, enjoyed by the community, and it was good to see so many people having fun and enjoying themselves.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved. We enjoyed a great deal of support, not only from the people of the town, but also the town council and the RAF who turned up with three units.

“Everyone really entered into the spirit of the day, with the Fire Brigade float particularly entertaining everyone by soaking the crowds as they drove past.”

As well as the floats, there were also activities, displays and much more on the Recreation Ground, and the RAF even joined in the fun with a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Red Arrows aerobatics display team.

Other highlights included a video quiz night at Blackstone’s Sports and Social Club.

As part of the festival programme there will also be an 18-hole golf tournament at Burghley Park Golf Club today, a family fun day with free pony rides for children, free circus fun, games, craft stalls and live music on Sunday, July 1, a car boot sale also on Sunday, July 1 and the annual Stamford Festival Trophy bridge event at the Stamford Bridge Club on Thursday, July 5.

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