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“Norwich at its finest” - Thorpe St Andrew pupil reviews the Lord Mayor’s Celebration 2017

PUBLISHED: 15:06 10 July 2017

Scenes from the Lord Mayor's Celebrations in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Scenes from the Lord Mayor's Celebrations in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2017

An inflatable octopus on top of Guildhall, a giant dinosaur outside the Cathedral and a theatre inside a tin whale – it could only be Norwich’s Lord Mayor’s Celebrations!

Walking through the streets of Norwich on Saturday would have brought a smile to anyone’s face - the city centre was bursting with entertainment - from a steel band performing outside Jarrolds, to a zip line stretching down Theatre Street.

Music could be heard from every corner of the city, with bands, musicians and street performers visible on every road.

Chapelfield Gardens became a funfair for the day, and a nearby carpark was transformed into Culture Works East’s Launchpad, where there were various activities on offer for children to get stuck into, including animation workshops and plenty of arts and crafts. Culture Works even had a young reporters workshop - allowing a group of 8-12 years olds to get a taste of journalism and capture the highlights of the day.

Prior to the procession, a large crowd was drawn to the barriers to witness a of top class athletes take part in the annual 5K road race. Due to the parade’s 5pm start, there were strict time limits. However, these were of no concern to winner John Beattie, who clocked an impressive time of 14:35.

By the time the procession began, the streets were flooded with people all soaking up the atmosphere of the evening. Children waved flags, collected stickers and cheered as the exotic floats and performers slowly weaved through the streets.

Families made up a large percent of the spectators, but as always people of all ages enjoyed the celebrations - there really was something for everyone to be excited and entertained by. Norwich at its finest.

• Did you go to this year’s procession? What was your favourite part?

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