Commonwealth of floats set to take part in Christmas Parade

Buckingham Christmas Parade 2011
Buckingham Christmas Parade 2011

The hard-working team behind Buckingham’s Christmas Parade have been beavering away once again, and this year’s parade is set to take place on Saturday, December 15 – just 10 days before Christmas.

Sponsored by Buckingham Town Council, the parade, now in its 28th year, has become the biggest event in town after the Charter Fair.

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The theme for this year’s parade is Christmas Through The Commonwealth, and there are nearly 50 entries, with a competition for the best float to be judged by a panel including MP John Bercow.

Every year, local businesses, charities and organisations join the parade to raise awareness of their causes and collect donations.

New this year will be entries from the Cancer Research UK Relay For Life, Grenville Kids and Medical Detection Dogs, while the Grafton District Scout Band supplements the other bands which have formed an integral part of the parade since the early years.

Parade stalwarts include the Bernese Mountain Dogs, the Sealed Knot and the Devil’s Horsemen, from Mursley, promoting their Panto On Horseback.

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The parade, led by the Oxford Caledonian Pipe Band, will set off at 10.45am from Chandos Road, proceeding through the town centre then turning round at the North End bus station and returning to Chandos Road.

The handing out of prizes takes place as the parade returns via the Bull Ring.

The organisers, Rosemary and Steve Haywood, said: “Once again the people of Buckingham can expect a great show.”

Roads will be closed from 10am to 1pm. During this time, buses will not be allowed into the town centre. Anyone wishing to use the X5 service during this time should use Tesco Stop B.

The town’s fundraising Community Fair follows the parade in Buckingham Community Centre from 11.30am to 2pm.

For safety reasons, people are advised to wait until the prizegiving is over before making their way to the community centre.

There’s still time for last-minute entries to the parade – call Mr and Mrs Heywood on 01280 824404.