A bumper year for Christmas Parade

Maids Moreton Pre-School won Best Junior Float in last year's parade
Maids Moreton Pre-School won Best Junior Float in last year's parade

They say you should never work with animals or children.

But horses are in danger of stealing the show at this year’s bumper Buckingham Christmas Parade, which has the theme of Heroes and Heroines.

Scene from a previous parade

Scene from a previous parade

Heading up the procession on Saturday, November 13, will be the horse who played Joey in the award-winning Spielberg film War Horse – trained by Mursley equine stunt team The Devil’s Horsemen.

But there’s another horse hero competing for the limelight. Among the police horses in the parade will be 17-year-old Albert, who recently came runner-up in a national animal hero competition.

Albert, who is the longest-serving horse in Thames Valley Police’s mounted section, was shortlisted for the RSPCA and Daily Mirror’s Animal Hero Awards 2014 for his work – including his bravery during a riot in Brighton.

It’s going to be a bumper year for the Christmas Parade, now in its 30th year, with over 50 groups taking part.

The first section of the parade will commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War, with the Winslow Concert Band providing the musical accompaniment sitting on hay bales on the back of a Puratos lorry.

A new section in the middle of the parade will be Best Dressed Wheels, devoted to individual entries of bicycles, buggies, prams, wheelbarrows or any other vehicle without a motor but with wheels.

The section is open to everyone on the day – just turn up with your wheels suitably decorated with the theme of Heroes and Heroines, and there’s a first prize of £25 on offer.

Also featuring in the parade will be a giant Buckingham Swan, and remember to bring all your spare change for all the groups who will be rattling buckets for charity.

There will be a children’s carousel ride outside Barclay’s bank all day. Debs Last and Zoe Day, of Buckingham Art School, will once again be judging the Best Dressed Window display on Friday, and the winner will be presented with a cup on parade day.

The parade sets off at 10.45am from Chandos Road, heading through the town centre to the Cattle Pens, where it turns round. Roads will be closed from 10.30am.

After the parade, don’t miss the Christmas Community Fair in Buckingham Community Centre from 11.30am.

Admission is free and there will be free mulled wine.

The fai r helps local groups, societies and charities to raise funds, by selling items such as Christmas gifts and cards, calendars and cakes. Organisations taking part include the Donkey Sanctuary, Buckingham WI, Buckingham Inner Wheel and Buckingham CAB.

Parking is free of charge all day in Cornwall’s Meadow.