Ripon set for St Wilfrid’s Procession 2014

St Wilfrid leads the procession along Fishergate in 2013.  (130803M1p)
St Wilfrid leads the procession along Fishergate in 2013. (130803M1p)

Ripon is busy preparing for its annual St Wilfrid’s Procession with 11 floats confirmed for this year’s event on Saturday, August 2.

The procession will assemble at 1.30pm, and head through the Market Square at 2pm. Lamp posts will detail the route.

The procession ends with a service at Ripon cathedral at 4.30pm. Some roads will be closed for a short time.

Visitors will, once again, have the opportunity to watch in awe as St Wilfrid and his monks parade through the market place and into the city.

This year’s 53rd annual event will include a range of entertainment and activities for all the family, in addition to its famous array of floats.

Dogtags and sandbags’ will be Val Taylor’s last float after building one for the last 30 years.

Her first for her family company Taylors being it’s A womans world’ in 1987.

Her preparation starts in January each year and takes over her house and family and friends.

Sue Simms, who has been on the St Wilfrid’s Procession committee for the year, said it was a day that people of all ages can enjoy.

She said: “I think people enjoy the procession because it’s loud, colourful and there’s always music following the floats.

“There are some really great floats this year including FB Taylors. However it will be Val Taylor’s final year helping out with the float after 30 amazing years of doing so.

“There are always a lot of people around the market square waiting for it to go past and it really does make for a great spectacle.

The floats will pick upRipon City Band just outside the city, and the band will then lead the procession through into the market square. and on to the parade through the streets.

The parade commemorates St Wilfrid, the Abbot of Ripon and Bishop of York who introduced the Rule of Saint Benedict into the city.