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Colourful characters spotted at Lord Mayor’s Procession

PUBLISHED: 16:27 08 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:27 08 July 2018

The Lord Mayors Procession 2018
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018

The Lord Mayors Procession 2018 Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Archant 2017

As one would expect at a circus-themed parade, some colourful characters were spotted in Norwich city centre on Saturday afternoon.

The Lord Mayors Procession 2018
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Lord Mayors Procession 2018 Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

A familiar sight to Norwich residents for centuries, Snap the Dragon made his annual return to The Lord Mayor’s Procession.

Taking on the role for a fourth year was Norwich delivery driver Christopher Page. He said: “I am playing Snap, he’s from the 1400s, practically medieval times.

“It’s a great honour to do this. As you can see the original snap is in Norwich Castle so pop over and have a look.

“I bring a bit of action and movement into the parade with the mischievousness of the dragon. It’s great fun.”

Stephen Hanson as St George at The Lord Mayor's Celebration. PHOTO: Sophie SmithStephen Hanson as St George at The Lord Mayor's Celebration. PHOTO: Sophie Smith

One chivalrous man brought some patriotic hope to both spectators of the England match and the Procession by dressing as St George.

Stephen Hanson, a bus driver from Norwich, said: “I love this country and I thought it would be an excellent incentive for everybody if I went from pub to pub dressed like this. The effect was incredible.

“I’m a re-enactor and I get dressed up as often as I can. I think this country needs to be celebrated at any opportunity.” Mr Hanson appeared in the Lord Mayor’s Procession later on Saturday afternoon waving the English flag, fortunately far away from Snap the Dragon.

New-comer to the Celebration this year were five puppet Asian elephants, specially commissioned by Norwich City Council.

Created by Tin House, a Norwich-based community and participatory arts organisation, the performance was put on by a one time only ensemble of 22 performers and puppeteers from Norfolk, London and Sheffield.

Directing the movement was Kate Evans, 48, from Norwich, who also played tamer to the elephant puppet affectionately known as “Magda”.

Ms Evans said: “Magda is 60. Basically Magda’s just knackered. She was rescued from a Polish circus.

“We don’t want to condone circus animals so these are the ancestors of the original elephants that walked through Norwich in 1898.

“The other elephants are called Elvira, Roberta, Manjula and baby Pablo.

“My character is Val, from Essex. She’s not really an elephant tamer but she’s glad she’s got Magda.”

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