Dance troops, community groups and school children gathered at City Hall today to receive their prizes for their efforts in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Procession.
Assessed by a panel of judges on the day, entrants were awarded for their creative interpretation of this year’s theme - ‘love the world around you’; showcasing the natural world and the things we can do to help protect it.
Over 50 entries took part in what was the first traditional carnival of its kind to remove slow moving petrol and diesel engines.
Today’s presentation was overseen by the Sheriff of Norwich, Doctor Marian Prinsley. She said: “I would like to especially commend everyone who took part, for their enthusiastic and creative response to our removal of diesel and petrol engines.
“They have each played a part in raising awareness of an important issue and given a glimpse of what is possible when we make small changes to protect our precious environment.”
The council were able to lend equipment such as Nautilus Sound Systems, eye-catching shell speakers to groups using music in their entries, such as Anglia Region Theatre School’s winning entry.
Principle of the school, Victoria Winship said: “We had a really fantastic time dancing through the streets of the city centre.
“It was a brilliant experience for all of the young people involved in our entry which, through dance, explored the theme of ocean pollution.”
Wensum Junior School, who were awarded second place, dedicated a whole term to creating their entry, which featured a giant moving statue.
Sheringham Carnival were awarded third place for their under-the-sea themed approach.
As well as local primary schools, dance groups and charities, other participants included Simon Kindleysides, the first paralysed man to walk the London Marathon, Extinction Rebellion and Norwich Civic Association who travelled in electric vehicles donated by Tesla Owners UK.
Anyone interested in taking part in next year’s procession, or with an idea for carbon neutral transport can submit an expression of interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners and prizes
1. Anglian Regional Theatre School- a cheque for £300
2. Wensum Junior School - a cheque for £200
3. Sheringham Carnival - a cheque for £150
Runners up – a cheque for £100
Chermond Gymnastic Club
Framtastic Gymnastic Club
Lord Mayor’s Special Award - £150 - Roots and Bee Behaviour Saviour
The procession formed part of the annual Lord Mayor’s Celebration, a weekend of free entertainment in the city centre that also embraced the theme, including pedal powered activities for children and a water bar encouraging people to refill their water bottles.