What being part of the Lord Mayor’s Procession meant to me

Youngsters enjoying the procession. Photo: Denise Bradley.

Youngsters enjoying the procession. Photo: Denise Bradley. - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2010

With under a month until the big day and just two weeks left for people to book their float, our staff spell out what it meant to be part of last year's procession.

Lord Mayor's Procession 2013

Lord Mayor's Procession 2013 - Credit: citizenside.com

Melanie Rudgley-Coleman, regional recruitment sales manager at Archant

'Having last participated in the Lord Mayor's Procession nearly 30 years ago my memories were somewhat faded as to what a great occasion it was.

'This time around I had the opportunity to be involved right from the beginning in planning the day, deciding on the theme and finding the costumes which was great fun.

'The added bonus that my children could also participate turned this into a real family occasion, my husband and eldest daughter Ella, walking (or running) ahead handing out stickers and flags to the hundreds of people lining the route.

The Lord Mayor's Street Procession 2012 through Norwich city centre. Photo: Steve Adams

The Lord Mayor's Street Procession 2012 through Norwich city centre. Photo: Steve Adams

'I was on the float with our youngest daughter and the rest of the younger participants and the excitement amongst them was palpable.

'They waved to all the cheering crowds throughout the parade and it really was a lovely sight to just see an array of young and old, smiling and waving back at you.

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'An absolutely brilliant experience for everyone involved and I can't wait to do it all again.'

Steve Maddams, team leader field sales at Archant

'I have been going to the procession since I was a child and now in my 30s I am taking my children to create the same memories I have from all those years ago.

'Now being a part of a float committee it is a wonderful feeling deciding our theme and costumes for 2015 for both the adults and children.

'Walking the procession route giving out our stickers and flag to smiling families gives you an amazing feeling inside and also working alongside break charity with our Go Go Gorilla last year and our Go Go Dragon this year is really exciting as the amount of people taking pictures and talking about our float really makes you feel pleased we put the effort into the design and creation of the float. I can't wait to give all our flags and stickers again on July 4.'

Jemma Ross, key account consultant at Archant

'The Lord Mayor's Procession was an amazing experience, my two children aged three and five really enjoyed the day. It has a fantastic family atmosphere. The floats and dancers were great to watch and they kept the children entertained all day.

'It was great fun trying to figure out which float was for which business, some of them were out of this world.

'The whole day was really fun from start to finish and the children couldn't wait to hear the theme for this year.'

Dawn Maidstone, Archant's regional recruitment sales executive

'The annual city celebrations are really great for all the family, bringing together the community and encouraging people from across the region to visit our fine city.

'Personally I have been involved with the Lord Mayor's Procession for a number of years both as entertainer and watcher, needless to say I enjoy each year come rain or shine!

'My step-daughter Evie was delighted to be part of the parade last year, she loved every moment with her fellow chimps and the famous Go Go Gorillas – so cannot wait to put on her costume for this year. It is a great day full of family fun and shows just what Norwich has to offer.'

• Are you taking part in this year's procession? Email george.ryan@archant.co.uk