Tin rattling starts for Buckingham Christmas Parade

A scene from a previous Buckingham Christmas Parade
A scene from a previous Buckingham Christmas Parade
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With the Buckingham Christmas Parade coming up on December 14, members of the parade committee will be out and about collecting and advertising the parade in Cornwall’s Meadow shopping area on Saturday.

The organising committee is hoping to attract a huge crowd to the parade to cheer and give generously to the charities collecting as they pass by.

The theme this year is A Child’s Christmas and the 45 floats and walking groups are set to provide a wonderful display of colour,costume, music and creativity in their interpretations of the theme.

At the head of the parade will be the Devil’s Horsemen coach carrying Rosemary and Steve Heywood, who have organised the parade over its entire 29 years of existence.

Committee member Lionel Weston said: “Their commitment, determination and community spirit have over the years built the parade up to be one of the major highlights in the Buckingham calendar. We owe both of them a huge debt of gratitude for their hard work and foresight.”

Behind the scenes are many other people helping the smooth running of the event, including staff from Buckingham Town Council who are responsible for ensuring a safe procession and the many firms and local organisations who provide transport and equipment for the groups taking part.

A total of 36 volunteer marshalls are needed to direct the diverted traffic. Anyone wishing to volunteer should call Mr Weston on 01280 816413.

Prizes for the decorated floats and walking groups are very generous and for the first time this year they will be presented, by MP for Buckingham John Bercow.