Rain doesn’t stop play for St Wilfrid

St Wilfrid's Procession 2012. The Wolseley float, winner of "Best Overall Float"   (120804M1q)
St Wilfrid's Procession 2012. The Wolseley float, winner of "Best Overall Float" (120804M1q)

Performers and floats braved heavy downpours for this year’s St Wilfrid’s Procession, which took over Ripon city centre on Saturday, August 4.

The event’s luck changed after eight or nine years of fien weather, and the heavens opened as the floats set off from Studley Road.

The poor weather kept some spectators away, but those who stayed on the streets were rewarded when the sun came out as the procession made its way to the rest stop in Magdalen’s Road.

Organiser Coun Andrew Williams said: “We have been very lucky for the past eight or nine years, but we seemed to have all the rain in one go this year. It faired up when we got to The Magdalens, but by that time we were all soaked through.”

With about 12 floats taking part in this year’s parade, Coun Williams praised the quality of the entrants and thanked the sponsors Euraudit and Wetherspoons, volunteer marshalls, and everybody who took part on the day.

Bad weather also hit the evening celebration, which included a concert and firework display for the first time this year.

Coun Williams added: “We had a good crowd for the concert, when it stopped raining.”

The winning floats in the parade are as follows:

Best Overall – Wolseley UK, British Bonanza

Best Decorated – Long Meadows Care Home Sweets for my Sweet

Most Entertaining – Ripon Swimming Club, Jolly Swimmers

Best Commercial – Next Generation FB Taylor, Rolling in a River

Best Community – Southfield Avenue, My Big Fat Southfield Wedding

Best School or Youth Group – Red Triangle Theatre Group and Evolve, Connecting the Community

Best Newcomer – National Trust and Victoria Avenue, Community Spirit

John Richmond Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to the Procession – John England

• For more pictures see this week’s Ripon Gazette, out Thursday, August 9.