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Roll up, roll up - community groups urged to be part of Norwich's "wonderful" Lord Mayor's Procession

PUBLISHED: 17:07 10 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:08 10 February 2018

The Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

The Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

"It's a wonderful thing to be involved in" - that's the message from a city school that will be part of the spectacular carnival spectacular that is the Lord Mayor's Procession.

The Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

A call has been made for community groups and businesses to be part of the party atmosphere by having a float at this summer’s event.

And Norwich City Council’s plea to join in the festivities - which will this year is marking 250 years of the circus - have been backed by two groups who will be part of the 70 or so floats expected to be involved in the procession in July.

Ann-Marie Lacey, is assistant head teacher of Catton Grove Primary School which has had a float at the event in previous years and will again be there in the summer.

She said: “It’s a wonderful thing to be involved in and we’re really looking forward to it.

The Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

“We have taken part in it for the past couple of years and will be taking part again this year and expect to have about 40 children.

“We will be following the circus theme and are going to go for something which we think will be really, really exciting.”

Meanwhile, Jane Keeley, an instructor with Zumba and Powerhoop with Jane, will be having a float in the procession for the first time.

She said: “Our ladies like to do something every year – we’ve done Race for Life last year and have raised money for Finnbar’s Force – and they all said we need to do the Lord Mayor’s Procession and because of it being a circus theme and us having our hoops we thought that would be quite apt.”

The Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Mayor's Procession winding through the streets of Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

The procession, which takes place on July 7, is the centre-piece of the Lord Mayor’s Celebration will be celebrating 250 years of circus throughout 2018 after being named one of the UK’s ‘Six Cities of Circus’ for recognition of its rich circus heritage.

• To apply fill out an online entry form and submit your payment via www.norwich.gov.uk/LMP

• The application deadline is Friday 15 June.

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