Sea of colour for St Wilfrid Procession

St Wilfrid and his monks parade in the Market Place.
St Wilfrid and his monks parade in the Market Place.

The wet weather couldn’t dampen spirits at this year’s St Wilfrid Procession as crowds gathered in Ripon’s Market Place and around the city to watch the floats.

A total of 11 floats took part in this year’s event, on Saturday, as families gathered to watch Ripon City Band lead the procession into Market Place and around the city before a service at Ripon Cathedral.

Awards were given out in the cathedral after the procession and the judging of floats by civic dignitaries.

Sue Simms, who has been on the St Wilfrid Procession committee for the year, said it was good to see Market Place full for the procession.

She said: “It was not a promising start to the day with the weather but it all worked out fine in the end. Everything was nice and colourful and there was a good collection of floats.

“It’s nice seeing all the children gathered in the square and I think they enjoy the uniqueness of the procession.

“Although there’s a lot of people from Ripon who come to the procession, it’s nice seeing people from outside of Ripon coming to watch and finding out what it’s all about.”

Ripon Swimming Club received the award for best overall float while F B Taylor clinched the best commercial float and Gallows Hill won best street.

Ms Simms thanked volunteers for helping and looked forward to next year’s parade.