Photo Gallery: Lord Mayor’s Procession and fireworks delight crowds in Norwich

Crowds of people lined the streets of Norwich yesterday afternoon as the Lord Mayor's Procession snaked through the city centre.

Thousands of people, young and old, gathered along the route, which runs from Newmarket Road to Tombland.

The 230-year-old procession was led by the sounds of the City of Norwich Pipe Band, closely followed by the city crier and Norwich Whifflers, officers who traditionally went before processions to clear the streets.

They were followed by Snap the Dragon, a central feature of medieval pageants in the city. It continues an ancient city tradition of a hobby horse with moveable jaws joining the parade to terrify the watching crowd which was revived in 2008 after more than 150 years.

Snap was joined by Lord Mayor of Norwich Jenny Lay's civic party, which includes Sheriff of Norwich Chris Higgins and the appointed judging team for the procession.


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Joining them on the procession were a host of floats created by charities, community groups and companies.

Haley Kitchener, 25, who lives at the old hospital development, brought along three-year-old Joshua to watch the parade.

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She said: 'I have been once before and it's great entertainment for children. It's great for making people aware of dancing groups and other organisations. It's not always easy to get your child interested in a hobby so it's great advertising for groups.'

Amy Turner, from Tuckswood, watched the procession with seven-year-old Harvey and 10-year-old Molly, who particularly liked the pirate ship.

She said: 'I thought it was really good and the kids always enjoy it and love coming.

'Molly liked seeing the children doing the dancing.

'I think it's really good. If it was cancelled then I would be upset. We love to bring the children and watch their faces.'

And, after fans music lovers had enjoyed the Magic of Take That at Chapelfield Gardens, it was time for the evening to draw to a close with a big bang.

Families gathered all over the city centre at 10.30pm to watch the spectacular and very noisy fireworks display.

Fired over the city from Norwich Castle, the colourful display proved a big hit, especially with youngsters who were allowed to stay up especially late to see them.

Send your pictures from the procession to newsdesk@archant.co.uk and check out Monday's Evening News for a 12-page picture pull-out on the Lord Mayor's Celebrations.

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