HUNDREDS of people flocked to see Stamford Festival’s superb diamond jubilee themed float parade pass through the town today (Saturday).
More than 20 loud and colourful floats, carrying kings, queens and everything royal were cheered on by families who gathered in the town centre.
The parade was organised by Stamford Kiwanis and schools, clubs, businesses and groups decorated floats with a royal theme to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
More than 200 young members of Jem Bacon’s dance class, Jem’s Hip Hop, dressed up to entertain crowds with a float marking the 60 years of music of the Queen’s reign.
Jem said: “We’ve worked towards this all year and the kids have loved it.
“It’s great to be able support events like this and I’m really proud to show off the kids.”
Lorraine Biggs, 62, had travelled from Peterborough to see her 11-year-old granddaughter Georgia Bullard, take part in the parade with her dance class Welland School of Dance.
She said: “It’s been lovely and great to see Georgia take part in it all.
“I really didn’t expect to see so many people here. It’s fantastic.”
Jennifer Hattam, 37, of Church Road, Ketton, was also cheering on the parade and her daughter Ellie, six, who was also on the Welland School of Dance float.
She said: “It’s been very good this year and nice to see the children and everyone else out to make it a great day. And I’m very proud of Ellie. She’s having a fantastic day.”
Mayor of Stamford Bob Sandall watched the parade from the balcony at Browne’s Hospital in Broad Street.
He said: “It’s just wonderful to live in Stamford on a day like this.
“This town has such a history and has great respect from the royal family. It’s a great day and such a wonderful occasion.”
Groups and clubs which had a float in the parade included Stamford Band, Burghley House Preservation Trust, C S Ellis, Rutland Radio, Jem’s Hip Hop, RAF Wittering, Teenzone Stamford Youth Panel, One Touch Football, Girl Guides, SKAMP, Mean Valley Roller Girls, Sukies Party Emporium, AC Zumba, St Augustine’s Nursery, Stamford and District Twinning Association, St Georges School, Tallington Lakes, Welland School of Dancing, Stamford Pantomime Players, Stamford Foodbank, Christchurch Transport Scheme, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, and St John Ambulance.
The parade started and ended at the Recreation Ground where there was also a market festival which included a fun fair and market and food stalls.