Crowds cheer even though it rains on Houghton Feast parade

The Houghton Feast parade in Newbottle Street.
The Houghton Feast parade in Newbottle Street.
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CROWDS enjoyed a colourful show as they braved the bad weather for the Houghton Feast Parade.

Fabulous floats and classic cars filled the streets of Houghton for the 45th annual carnival parade.

These youngsters brought their own tiny Landrover on parade.

These youngsters brought their own tiny Landrover on parade.

Starting outside Kepier Medical Practice, the parade snaked its way through the town, cheered on by eager onlookers.

Margaret Blakey, from Fulwell, was watching the festivities with her two granddaughters, Emma, 11, and Georgina, 12, and their spirits weren’t dampened by the drizzly weather.

Margaret, 73, said: “We always look forward to the parade and it’s good to be here again. I think it’s being a good day and the weather hasn’t put us off.”

Friends Pauline Grunnett, 56, and Christine Stafford, 51, from Houghton, also braved the grey day to catch the parade.

John Mawston leads the parade.in his wheelchair. John is a lifelong supporter of the Feast, former Mayor of Sunderland and councillor.

John Mawston leads the parade.in his wheelchair. John is a lifelong supporter of the Feast, former Mayor of Sunderland and councillor.

Pauline said: “It’s nice to see something different, the old cars and the steam rollers are always good. We normally try to get along and watch it with our friends every year. It’s something nice for Houghton.”

The parade, which was held on Saturday, is just part of the Feast’s continuing festivities. The Feast was revived in 1967 into a 10-day celebration and runs until October 16.