What our team of young reporters thought of the Lord Mayor’s Celebration

Our team of young reporters at the Lord Mayor’s Celebration.

Our team of young reporters at the Lord Mayor’s Celebration. - Credit: Archant

Half a dozen youngsters got to experience life as journalist during the Lord Mayor's Celebration as part of a tie up between this paper and Culture Works East. They shot videos, tweeted, took photographs, wrote copy and even managed to get on a float. The talented and fantastic team were made up of Connor Southwell, Maisee Shiplee, Emily Oxbury, Bridey Mounteney-Proudfoot, Lauren Barzey and Lauren Chapman. Here is a selection of their work.

• Connor Southwell

Norwich city centre was full of family fun, as people of all ages flooded to the streets to witness the invasion of colour and vibrancy of the Lord Mayor's Procession.

A sea of sun, smiles and colour overwhelmed the city centre, which displayed some of the regions best talent and hardest working charities.


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The large crowds showed huge generosity with the sound of coins being dropped in collection boxes present throughout the procession.

The excitement filled the city centre.

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Gina Dyball described the procession as 'a great opportunity to bring the community together', she also went on to say that 'the spirit of the occasion is very special and one all of the family can enjoy'.

Some 70 floats participated in the procession, the largest number for several years, with 2015 winners Lakenham Primary School opening the procession with colourful puppets which were greeted with cheers, claps and smiles from crowds gathered on St Stephens Street.

Those cheers were extended when Framtastics Gymnastics Club impressed with somersaults and tricks on trampolines, as they wowed crowds of all ages with their athleticism and flexibility.

Bignold Primary School brought a taste of South American culture and carnival to Norwich, bringing Samba to the streets and putting smiles onto the faces of the gathered crowds.

The rain held off as families descended on the city and the sense of community and unity was strong.

• Emily Oxbury

After an eventful day of face-painting, mask making and DJing, the procession finally got underway in the late afternoon sun on Saturday.

The music got louder, the dancing more energetic and children's T-shirts were quickly being covered in an array of stickers. A whole host of people were taking part in the procession, from rollerskaters to scouts, gymnasts to tennis players.

Bignold school even recreated the Rio Olympics on the back a truck. Some performers were certainly a lot more enthusiastic than others, but everyone had a huge smile on their faces.

The crowds were as happy as the performers and people managed to find some very obscure places to watch the parade from. Young children peered through bus stops, grandparents watched the events unfold over a cup of coffee in Starbucks, some even set up chairs on rooftops.

If you didn't come to this year's procession, why not? Make sure to keep an eye out for details on next year's event and join in the fun!

• Maisie Shiplee

The rain did not stop the crowds from celebrating in the new Culture Works East area for young people in the hours before the procession began.

The bandstand marquee was packed with excited people and the music by JJ Paso was superb.

Grandparents Richard and Sue from Thorpe brought Jack, eight, and Jensen, three, to practise their circus skills, with granddad saying 'We love it because it's free!'

After a mid-afternoon downpour, the sun came out and the excitement grew in anticipation of the parade.

Bluebell Waterton was brought along by mum Neicey to support her daddy who was on a float. Neicey said she always watched the procession when she was younger but this was the first year she had brought along her six-year-old daughter and she was loving it.

Everyone was buzzing for the parade at 5pm. Once the procession had begun a cool breeze carried the noise through the streets of Norwich, encouraging an audience watching from anywhere and everywhere, including out of windows and on balconies.

The bunting on the floats danced in the wind, as did all of us on the Evening News and EDP float.

In the end the sun shone bright, to match the smiles of everyone in Norwich on Saturday.

The same partnership is run for youngsters wanting to experience life as a journalist at Latitude Festival. For more details log on to www.latitudefestival.com/stage/cultureworks-east

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