Biggest parade yet at Risborough Festival

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RISBOROUGH Festival kicked off on Saturday with a good turn-out and the biggest parade in recent years.

The festival started with a street parade from the Baptist Church and down the High Street to Wades Park, where an afternoon of entertainment took place.

One of the organisers, Richard Stevenson, said: "It think it was the biggest parade in recent years.

"We had quite a few children from the local schools and we also had Risborough Rangers with some of their younger footballers.

"Cheerleaders who performed in the arena in the afternoon took part, as did the Double Diamonds Scooter Club and some cars that will be entered in the Kop Hill Climb.

"This was all preceded by the Chiltern Hills Marching Band."

At Wades Park, there were demonstrations from The High Wycombe Cheerleading Academy; ZKS Martial Arts and the Allstars Academy.

Richard added: "We had a very positive response from everybody.

"They loved the change of venue [it was previously at King George V Recreation Ground) and there were a lot of things for the kids to do."

The team from The Red Lion in Whiteleaf won the tug of war.

In the evening there was a successful James Bond fundraising evening at the community centre, which more than 200 people attended.

This Saturday marks the end of the festival with a street fair in the High Street.

Duke Street, High Street and part of Church Street will be closed to traffic from 10am.

From 10.30am to 3pm there will be a sale of ex-library books at Princes Risborough Library, from 11am to 3pm Twenty Four Hair in Duke Street will be offering hair braiding, plaiting and face painting and from 11am to 3pm there will be a Create a Story Book Character workshop at the Information Centre. From 1 to 4pm there will be a craft sale by Sally's Sewing Box customers at the Literary Institute, from 12 to 4pm Risborough Lacemakers will be displaying their work at St Mary's Hall and from 1 to 2.30pm there will be free swimming at Risborough Springs.

From 1 to 6pm there will be a street fair with an array or retailers, local businesses and organisations stalls.

And from 1.30 to 6pm there will be music on the main stage from Rattlesnake, Ross Stevenson and Tiny Turner Rock and Blues Band. There is also The Princes Risborough COuntryside Group and Heritage Society's Exhibition at The Carrington Room at the Community Centre. And from 2 to 4.30pm there is a town show in the community centre.

Singer Ed Cusick performs at the George and Dragon from 8pm.

Go to www.risboroughfestival.co.uk for more details and for what's on this week. 

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