Lord Mayor’s Celebration: What does it mean to you?

Library picture of a mini Kett's Rebellion at the Lord Mayor's Procession. Date: Jul 1994.

Library picture of a mini Kett's Rebellion at the Lord Mayor's Procession. Date: Jul 1994.


It boasts one of the longest running processions outside of London.

And as the Lord Mayor’s Celebration kicks off for another year we have been finding out what it means to you.

Mum-of-two, Andrea Wright, of Earlham, has always enjoyed the whole experience.

She said: “For me, the celebration means the majority of Norwich getting together as a community and the atmosphere that goes with it.

“I don’t have one favourite memory, as I have always enjoyed going, but one that sticks out most is when two years ago I helped Downs Syndrome Norfolk group by handing out stickers alongside their float. I enjoy the whole atmosphere.”

Mum-of-three, Lucie Brennan, of Norwich, said it was a highlight for her every year.

“We love going to the Lord Mayor’s procession - every year it gets better. My boys love watching the parade and of course we all love the fair and the street acts followed by fish and chips!

“It makes for a great family night out.”

For hospital theatre support worker Lena Maher, of Norwich, it is all about bringing the community together.

She said: “As a child I dressed up in fluorescent clothing and danced all day with my friends and family.

“I’ve gone to the Lord Mayor’s Celebration on and off since I was five, I believe with Earlham Youth. This year I’m going with Funky Families, a local community group from Bowthorpe.

“The highlight will be riding on the float and having fun with all the children.”

And 29-year-old Shah Abbas, who performs as DJ Shah City, will be doing a set in Chapelfield Gardens.

This will be his first year taking part in the celebrations and he said it was a “huge honour”.

“Norwich is a wonderful city full of incredible people and the Lord Mayor’s Celebration celebrates all that is great about our city.

“Playing the final set in front of thousands of people is, although slightly unbelievable to me, something I won’t take for granted.”

• We want to hear about your favourite memories from the Lord Mayor’s Celebration. Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #mylordmayors.

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