Organisers of Stamford Festival’s Parade of Floats were delighted at the turnout as people turned out in their thousands to watch the bright display.
The parade, organised by Stamford and District Kiwanis, is one of the highlights of the Stamford Festival programme and it once again proved to be a fantastic success.
Eighteen floats took part in the parade, which had the theme of cartoon characters. The procession left from the Recreation Ground and wound its way through the town centre.
The floats were led by the bands of Stamford Brass and Yarwell and Nassington Band, followed by a colourful display from a range of groups and organisations including CS Ellis, One Touch Football, St George’s School, Stamford Transition Town, Stamford Queen Eleanor School, Mean Valley Roller Derby, Welland School of Dancing, Chater Lodge in Ketton, Homebase in Stamford, Burghley
House, Stamford Pantomime Players, Rutland Radio, Welland division of Girl Guides, Movie Makers Kids, Starbright Youth Theatre, Stamford Foodbank and Wonderland Theatrical Productions.
The procession paused in Red Lion Square before passing the judges at Browne’s Hospital in Broad Street, where a commentary was given by Rutland Radio’s Rob Persani.
Along the route hundreds of people who had stopped to watch the spectacle cheered loudly and applauded.
Kiwani Andy Totten said: “We had a super turnout from the people of Stamford and
we were really pleased with how it went. It was a fantastic day.”
Eventually the parade went back to the Recreation Ground, where there was a range of displays including Carnival Drums, Bluecoat TaeKwon Do, One Touch Football, Welland School of Dancing, Wildcats Academy, Desert Dancers and Zumba with Fernanda where many of the audience were persuaded to have a go themselves.
A Hurricane and Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight did flypasts and at 5.12pm precisely the Red Arrows flew over the Rec to give an amazing display.
The sun shone throughout the day and the people of Stamford were once again generous in their support for collections made by the Kiwanis in support of good causes.
Many of these good causes were represented on the Rec during the day including BCKA Kick Boxing, Stamford Chess Club, the Evergreen Care Trust, Help for Heroes, Tumble Tots, Stamford Free School and the Royal British Legion.
With support from the police, fire service and St John Ambulance the day passed without incident.
This year the parade winners were:
Festival Directors Award Walking Group: Welland School of Dance
Best School: St George’s School
Best Commercial: Homebase
Best Club: Starbright Youth Theatre
Hanson Cement Jubilee Year Award was Best Youth: Wonderland Theatre Productions
Cummins Newage AVK SEG: Mean Valley Roller Derby
Most Entertaining Float: Pantomime Players
Best Turned out Vehicle: CS Ellis
Special Merit Award: Stamford Queen Eleanor School
Best Overall: Girl Guides