‘I liked the pirates’ - Three-year-old Ben gives his verdict on this year’s Lord Mayor’s procession

Lord Mayor's Celebration procession 2014.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Lord Mayor's Celebration procession 2014. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Saturday, July 5, 2014
8:19 PM

Crowds filled the streets in anticipation of this year’s procession which saw everything from synchronised swimming to Star Wars.

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Lord Mayor's Celebration procession 2014.
Photo by Simon Finlay.Lord Mayor's Celebration procession 2014. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Clouds threatened to burst over the streets of Norwich throughout, but this didn’t stop the jubilant waving and shouting from those lining the side walk.

And in the end, bar a few spits, the rain stayed away.

Darcy Hall, 10, from Horsford said of her favourite floats: “The louder the better.”

Many of the youngsters agreed the pirate ship was the most exciting float this year.

Lord Mayor's Celebration procession 2014.
Photo by Simon Finlay.Lord Mayor's Celebration procession 2014. Photo by Simon Finlay.

It sailed by complete with loud music and foam shooting out of cannons.

Lorraine Chaplin, 60, from Great Yarmouth said: “It’s been an excellent day, the weather didn’t dampen any spirits and all the colours and excitement have been so well put together.”

Alison Broomfield, 46, from Norwich explained how the dance troops who joined the procession had made her daughter Ruby want to take up classes.

Representatives from numerous groups in Norwich ensured this procession, the pinnacle of the Lord Mayor’s Celebration weekend, was more fantastic than ever before.

“That was the best parade, it’s all so different and bigger and better than last year’s” said Kelly Dugless, 31.

None showed more enthusiasm than the children who waved their flags and collected as many stickers as possible from participants in the procession.

Ben Hargrave, three, said: “I liked the pirates.”

His mother Debbie, 35, from Hethersett said: “There is lots of stuff for children to watch, they are captivated for two hours.”

SEE MONDAY’S PAPERS FOR A PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE PROCESSION.

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