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All invited to vibrant city celebration

Published on Friday, 7th June 2019

A colourful parade and service to celebrate the start the civic year will recognise the roles of civic heads, local community leaders and volunteers on Sunday 9 June.

Residents across Norwich are invited to attend this traditional occasion, which begins at 3pm at the front of City Hall, in honour of the new Lord Mayor, Councillor Vaughan Thomas, and Sheriff, Doctor Marian Prinsley, of Norwich. The new civic heads and invited guests will congregate on the steps of City Hall before passing through the city.

Rooted in historic pageantry, the procession of dignitaries dressed in traditional gowns, robes and prestigious regalia will create a spectacle in the city centre as they make their way to the City Service, held at Norwich Cathedral. 

Joined by representatives from organisations such as the University of East Anglia and Norwich University of the Arts, as well as community leaders and volunteers, the civic procession will move along St Peters Street, towards Gaol Hill where it will be joined by the Norwich Whifflers and Snap the Dragon.

Together this impressive group will process along London Street, Bank Plain, Queen Street, then enter Erpingham Gate into the grounds of Norwich Cathedral for a service led by the The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol, to start at 3:30pm.

Steeped in history, the service will formally welcome the new civics before a congregation made up of people representing the wider community.

All are welcome to enjoy the procession and church service, which promises to be a spectacular event.

Road closures

The route of the parade is from City Hall, Gaol Hill, London Street, Queens Street and The Cathedral. The roads will be closed as the parade approaches by security as a rolling road closure between 2 and 4pm.