Whole range of family-fun events confirmed for this summer’s Lord Mayor’s celebrations in Norwich

Fireworks display on Saturday night entertaining the crowds in spectacular style as part of the Lord

Fireworks display on Saturday night entertaining the crowds in spectacular style as part of the Lord Mayor's Celebrations, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

The whole range of family fun events for this summer's Lord Mayor's Celebrations have been confirmed.

All the traditional elements of the celebrations will return to Norwich city centre between Thursday, July 4 and Sunday, July 7.

The Chapelfield Gardens funfair, Lord Mayor's Street Procession, world market, live music and drama performances, fun events, the Great Norwich Duck Race, Gas Hill Gasp and Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre are all back again this year.

Norwich City Council leader Brenda Arthur, who is also a cabinet member for culture and sport, said: 'The Lord Mayor's procession is a great time to get together, whether you are entering a float and enjoying putting that together, or if you are just going as a spectator.

'It is all raising money for a very worthwhile charity, which will be revealed at the Lord Mayor's inauguration later in May.

'The whole weekend is a great celebration. I urge everybody to go out in the summer and see our parks at their best.'

The full range of events has been announced in the city council's 2013 events guide, which is being distributed around the city from today.

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These include the Art on the Railings open-air market at St Peter Mancroft Church, which started in March and runs until November.

Free concerts at the Chapelfield Gardens bandstand are also being held at 3pm every Sunday in June, July and August.

A new Halloween event is being held on All Hallows' Eve, Thursday, October 31. This will see spooky music and entertainment at Norwich castle and The Forum, with fancy dress and prizes for the best carved pumpkin.

Mrs Arthur added: 'I think they have put together an absolutely impressive range of events and what is really impressive is that most are free.

'That is exactly what we want, especially at a time when we are finding money a bit tight. The range of events being put on for no cost is really good work on behalf of the officers.

'We'll see sports outside the Forum, plays in Chapelfield Gardens... I think it will be a really eclectic mix and there will be something for everybody.

'I just hope we have got it right and I look forward to getting feedback from people afterwards.'

For more information about the city council events, go to www.norwich.gov.uk

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