Video and photo gallery: Early crowds soak up festival atmosphere during first day of Lord Mayor’s Celebration

Lord Mayor's Celebrations 2014. Norwich School Dancers on The Forum Stage.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Lord Mayor's Celebrations 2014. Norwich School Dancers on The Forum Stage. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Saturday, July 5, 2014
1:24 PM

The party is in full swing all over the city centre as more and more people are venturing out to take advantage of the dozens of events happening in Norwich today as part of the Lord Mayor’s Celebration weekend.

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Lord Mayor's Celebrations 2014.
Photo by Simon Finlay.Lord Mayor's Celebrations 2014. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Marshals are already starting to close roads ahead of the 5pm procession and the final preparations are being put to the fireworks show, which takes place from Norwich Castle at 10.30pm.

Chapelfield Gardens is already awash with families and revellers soaking up the festival atmosphere.

Megan Whiting, five, and her sister Olivia, two, of Wacton, near Long Stratton, have been enjoying playing fete games this morning.

Parents Robert and Jennifer said they made the effort to come very year.

Mrs Whiting added: “The girls have been enjoying the arts and craft. We try and make the most of what’s on offer during the day.”

Polly Jago, 21, of Norwich, said she was looking forward to the procession.

“It reminds me of being a child again and I get really excited watching all the happy people on the floats.”

Lewis Cook, Norwich City Council culture and events officer, said: “It’s slightly quieter than usual at the moment because of the weather turning a few people away. But it should be busier by mid-afternoon as I’m sure the sun will be coming out.

“The people that are here taking part at the moment all seem to be enjoying the different activities and entertainment we have put on.”

Crowds are also enjoying the sounds from Bo Nanafana on the Social Club Stage in Brigg Street.

The retro stage will feature the Shirt Tail Stompers, DJs Drink ‘n’ Jive and cabaret.

Mark Stevens, of Norwich, said it was “nice to see the city brought to life by the celebrations”.

Our coverage:

Our own coverage of this year’s celebrations is set to be bigger and better than ever before.

■ Log on to our website for up-to-the-minute news, reaction, video and photos of not just the procession, but all the many events elsewhere.

■ Tweet pictures to #mylordmayors and see them on our special online picture wall and in Monday’s paper.

■ Alternatively, email pictures and video to newsdesk@archant.co.uk or use iwitness24.co.uk.

■ Monday’s paper will include pages and pages of the best pictures and reports from the weekend in our souvenir edition.

■ Visit our stand at Chapelfield Gardens today and have the chance to win an IPad.

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