Town ready for Stamford Parade on Saturday

Stamford Festival parade
Stamford Festival parade
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KINGS and queens are getting ready to parade through the streets of Stamford tomorrow.

The Stamford and District Kiwanis annual parade of floats will take on a regal theme as it winds its way through the town centre from 2pm.

More than 20 clubs, schools and businesses have been busy setting up their floats for the parade, which this year has a kings and queens theme to tie in with the jubilee. The floats will assemble on the Recreation Ground for initial judging at 1.45pm, before setting off towards Scotgate at 2pm.

The parade will pass through Red Lion Square and up Broad Street, past the judges on the balcony at Browne’s Hospital, before turning right at Star Lane and heading along High Street back to Red Lion Square.

The floats will then retrace their route back to the Recreation Ground for the prizegiving.

This year the prizes will be for best youth float, best club, best school, best commercial, most entertaining, special merit, best turned out, the Hanson Cement Jubilee Year Trophy for best youth group and the best overall float.

The Recreation Ground itself will be a hive of activity on the day, with fairground rides, football, food and market stalls and demonstrations for groups including Jems Hip Hop, West End Wildcats and Fernanda Zumba.

Kiwani Andy Totten said: “Weather permitting, this is going to be the best year ever. I am very encouraged by the response from local groups for the parade, especially as it will conflict with a very busy time for people.”